Barn Owl facts

A few Barn Owl facts to start you off!

What do Barn Owls look like?

Facts Adaptations Diagram

Take a look at our gallery of Barn Owl photos

What noise do Barn Owls make?

Barn Owls make eerie screeching and hissing noises.

Young owlets (and females prior to nesting) will make food begging calls.

If you regularly hear an owl hooting, it is likely to be a Tawny Owl. Hear what other UK owls sound like on our owl identification page.

How can you tell if a Barn Owl is male or female?

It is almost impossible to tell if a Barn Owl is male or female just seeing it fly overhead. However, a close look may give you a clue. Females often have darker brown feathers around the rim of the facial disc as well as darker bars on the tail and small black spots on the chest and underside of the wings. Males are generally lighter and a more pure white underneath.

Females are slightly heavier than males at around 360g (males usually weigh around 330g) although during the early breeding season females may weigh as much as 425g before egg laying.

Take a look at our photoguide to sexing Barn Owls


Field guide: Where are you likely to find Barn Owls? 

There are loads more interesting facts and information about Barn Owls to discover!