OTHER NAMES: Monkey - faced Owl
STATUS IN OKLAHOMA:
Nesting in hollow trees, buildings, caves, and cisterns, feeding in grassland. Now a rare resident throughout most of state, uncommon in Southwest; populations greater during years of high rodent populations; noticeable decreases during the 1970's.
"Oklahoma Bird Life" by: Frederick M. & A. Marguerite Baumgartner
The Barn Owl is a large owl with a white, heart shaped facial disc, dark eyes, and no ear tuffs. The legs of a Barn Owl are long with no feathers. The plumage is a sandy brown color with white and blue streaks, and the underparts are pale or white.
The Barn Owl is a grassland species and it relies on open fields for hunting.
A Barn Owl is a very nocturnal species that hunts over fields and grassland. It feeds mostly on the small microtine rodents.
The Barn Owl is a cavity nester and will take readily to man made structures. The Barn Owl is well known for using buildings, and church steeples as favorite nesting spots.
The Barn Owl is considered an "endangered species" in Wisconsin,Iowa, and five (5) other Midwestern states, and it is considered as a species of "special concern" in South Dakota and Nebraska.