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 the common barn owl, to distinguish it from other species in its family, Tytonidae, which forms one of the two main lineages of living owls, the other being the typical owls . The barn owl is found almost everywhere in the world except polar and desert regions, Asia north of the Himalayas, most of Indonesia, and some Pacific islands.
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