Barn owls are found virtually everywhere in the world except for the poles and deserts. But the weather conditions in the southern hemisphere are the ideal for the barn owl, where they have a good population.
Barn owls are animals who typically like to rest during the day. They venture into the world for hunting in the calm atmosphere of the night. They prefer the open countryside and love the aura along river banks. They are quite fond of flying over open fields too.
Barn owls never make the hooting sound characteristic of owls. They are known to scream in a high-pitched voice. They can produce hissing sounds like snakes or cats when they feel their life at stake.
They are quite fond of mice. They even get hold of fishes swimming near the surface of lakes. Some small bird lurking on tree tops might also find themselves as the dinner of a barn owl one night. Barn owls are known to swallow the whole of their prey.
They have large eyes adapted to their nocturnal routine. Coupled with their amazing power of hearing, they can zero in on their prey in the dark of the night. They have a long wingspan which differs with different species of owls. About 30 different species of owls are known to exist.
Spring is the mating season for barn owls. This is when females lay about seven eggs at a time in their nests in a hollow tree or rocks. The eggs take a month's time to hatch. The barn owl chicks are fed by the male member of the species. These chicks can fly by themselves when they are 12 weeks old.