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Barn Owl

Tyto alba pratincola


Widespread North American subspecies of Tyto alba, this owl is rarely seen during the day. It has a pale underside with darker colored back and wings, long legs, and very wide wingspan.


Open country, farm or grassland, sometimes woodlands.


This spotting occurred during a routine fledgling banding session.

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Mitch L
Mitch L 8 years ago

I'm glad you like it. It was actually taken during a census of Barn Owl nests in Central Pennsylvania in 2009. This was the oldest of the fledglings at this particular nest, and is definitely a wild bird.

Potato Plays
Potato Plays 8 years ago

I love the photo, but it appears the Barn Owl might be in captivity.

KarenL 12 years ago

Lovely spot!
Welcome to Project Noah Mitchell!

Mitch L
Spotted by
Mitch L

penna, USA

Spotted on Jul 20, 2009
Submitted on Feb 4, 2012

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