Barn Owl

Tyto alba

Barn Owls are very distinctive birds. Conveniently, they feed at dawn and dusk, as well as at night, providing great opportunities for some magic birdwatching moments as they quarter fields and rough grass in search of rodents. Although the classic description would be ‘ochre brown above and white below’, there is quite a bit of variation in plumage, with some birds being almost white. Barn Owls are a Schedule 1 species and it is illegal to look in nest boxes without a special licence.

For more information about Barn Owls, see the BTO’s BirdFacts and BirdTrends report.

  • Very big nest box
  • Nest height: At least 4 m above ground
  • No nest is made
  • Egg laying starts between early March and mid September. 1 or 2 broods
  • 4 to 6 eggs
  • Incubation time: 32 days
  • Nestlings fledge after 53-61 days