Barn Owl Essay

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Barn Owl If you ever get the privilege to see a barn Owl you will see a, stunningly beautiful bird. They have golden/buff colored upper parts laced with silver grey, white under-parts. Their face is a distinctive white heart shape that floats through the night, flying soundlessly, as they hunt with their hearing alone. When seen in flight the overall impression is of a large white bird. When in flight, it has a 34-inch wings span that is much bigger than the body. It only take about ten weeks for a young owlet to be fully grown and stands 10 inches tall (from head to feet) and is 14 inches top of its head to the tip of its tail. They have unique sound, it does not hoot like other owls but shrieks. The Barn Owl has been nicknamed monkey-faced owls because of their heart-shaped face. Barn Owls swallow their prey whole and regurgitates black pellets typically about the size of your thumb. The pellets of the nights feeding, which cannot be digested by the Owl, are the bones, fur and hair. Thousands of owl pellets have been analyzed which gives us a lot of information on their diet, according to Barn Owl Trust in UK. In the UK the most frequently taken prey is the field vole which is 40% and 80% of the diet. Field mouse, wood mouse or common shrew, is the second most frequently prey is the brown rat that is when the body weights of the various prey are considered. In the UK and the United States they also eat amphibians, reptiles, insects, birds, bats and rabbits, but earthworms are not part of their diet. During the winter they eat frogs or small birds. In a year during the breeding period, a pair of Barn Owl can eat over 4,000 preys. You may think the rodents’ populations are controlled by the amount of predation they suffer, but the reverse is true. The prey controls the predators! Most barn owls do not live long, about four to five years. We can help the barn

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