Heralding Birds

Bird illustrations by Sylke Angenent

Barn owl

Barn owls are found all over the world! Unfortunately, due to habitat loss, their numbers are slowly declining. This poster was created in 2022. Are you interested in getting a print? Click here to go to my Etsy shop!

Poster of a majestic barn owl in flight.
Did you know?

1. Barn owls have excellent night vision, and can easily see prey with little light. Additionally, its ability to locate prey by sound alone is really remarkable, being the best of any animal ever tested. 2. Barn owls swallow their prey whole. About twice a day they cough up pellets which encompass all undigested material. These pellets make a great record of what an owl has eaten. 3. A close look might give you a clue to if a barn owl is male or female. Females often have darker brown feathers around the rim of their facial disk, as well as small black spots on their chest and underside of the wings. Also, the bars on their tails are usually slightly darker. 4. Barn owl make a very different sound than many other owls. They let out a loud screeching sound instead of a hoot and when threatened, barn owl not only screech but also hiss. 5. These owls were named barn owls because they often sleep in barns and hunt near agricultural sites. This is very beneficial to farmers, as the birds take care of unwanted rodents that live on their lands.