Barn owl close-up
Barn owl close-up during a bird show.
Barn owls are pure night hunters. Unlike other birds of prey who's wings are specialized in speed and power, the barn owl his wings and feathers are specialized in silent flying and isolation. The ring shaped feathers around the eyes act like microphones, helping determine the direction of a sound.
Dutch name: Kerkuil
The Barn Owl is the most widely distributed species of owl, and one of the most widespread of all birds. It is also referred to as Common Barn Owl, to distinguish it from other species in the barn-owl family Tytonidae. These form one of two main lineages of living owls, the other being the typical owls . ''T. alba'' is found almost anywhere in the world except polar and desert regions, Asia north of the Alpide belt, most of Indonesia, and the Pacific islands.
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