Facts about the barn owl.

The barn owl is the most widely spread owl internationally.

The barn owl has one ear lower than the other. This helps them to hear, the left ear is lower than the right allowing her to listen to sounds above with the right side of her facial disc and below with the other while in flight.

The barn owl flies silently, this is due to an extra layer of feathers beneath their primary and secondary feathers called 'down'. Their feathers are silky and it looks like their flying feathers are syringed.

Many wild barn owls starve to death during the winter months due to them being unable to fly in the rain. The down is like a sponge and absorbs water, eventually making them too heavy to fly.

All barn owls are at risk of secondary poisoning. All barn owls prefer to prey on the slowest rodent, which may possibly be poisoned. Because of this, there is a risk of affecting the barn owl and it's eggs if it survives. Barn owls hatched from poisoned eggs may only live to half their life expectancy due to secondary poisoning. Barn owls live to 3-5 years in the wild, but when treated properly in captivity, they may live as long as 15-20 years.

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