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Barn Owl

Tyto alba


These medium-sized owls have long, rounded wings and short tails, which combine with a buoyant, loping flight to give them a distinctive flight style. The legs are long and the head is smoothly rounded, without ear tufts. Barn Owls are pale overall with dark eyes. They have a mix of buff and gray on the head, back, and upperwings, and are white on the face, body, and underwings. When seen at night they can appear all white.


Barn Owls are the most widespread of all the owls and one of the most cosmopolitan birds around. They can be found living in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, India, Southeast Asia, and Australia. They are unable to survive in extreme polar regions due to the severity of winter weather and lack of food availability. Barn Owls prefer to live in open areas where they can hunt, roost and nest. Barn Owls can be found in open lowlands with some trees, including farmlands, plantations, and urban areas, as well as various forest types, semiarid shrub lands, and even marshes.


I had the pleasure of photographing this sleeping Barn Owl this evening, right before the sun disappeared behind the mountains. Her refuge from the wind (80-100 mph gusts) was a tree growing inside of an old grain silo. It is always such an honor to see an owl in the wild.

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Congratulations. Great shot.

EmilyMarino 8 years ago

Thank you all!

armadeus.4 8 years ago

Congratulations! Wonderful image :D

triggsturner 8 years ago

Great image. Well done on your SOTD.

Desmond.E.S.O 8 years ago

Awesome Bird! Congrats!

LarryGraziano 8 years ago

Congrats on your well deserved SOTD Emily!!!

EmilyMarino 8 years ago

Thank you all!

AshleyT 8 years ago

Congrats Emily, this beautiful sleeping owl has been chosen as Spotting of the Day!



Casey3 8 years ago


EmilyMarino 8 years ago

Thank you all!

Wow ,just beautiful Emely,congrats and thanks for sharing

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago


KarthikAk 8 years ago


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Longmont, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Nov 18, 2015
Submitted on Nov 19, 2015

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