Carnivorous, most of the time eat small mammals and rarely birds. They can eat as many as 1,460 small mammals a year, so they are good at keeping the rodent population in check.
Found worldwide over 7 continents. Nest and roost in cavities, abandoned barns, buildings, and dense trees. Habitats often include marshes, deserts, grasslands, or agricultural fields.
They are monogamous, meaning that they have a single life partner. They are usually quiet, but have loud scary vocalizations, shrieks, and screeches. They have adapted to achieve silent flight, their feathers on their wings are shaped like a comb and trailing edge with fringe, these funnel air smoothly over the wing and dampen the sound.
Barn owls typically have a heart-shaped facial disk that is usually white or light tan in color. Their plumage is generally a mixture of pale, tawny, and dark brown feathers, providing excellent camouflage in their natural habitats. They often have spots and speckles on their wings and back, contributing to their mottled appearance. Ears are asymmetrical, which helps them pinpoint exactly where a noise comes from. They're hearing is so precise they can effectively hunt in total darkness.