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Barn owl photo

A beautifully graceful nocturnal bird of prey, that is often seen swooping down over grassy fields at night. The barn owl numbers have faced a decline over the last 30 years, but numbers have seemed to even out in recent times.

Natural habitat
Grassy planes or open country bracketed by large trees.

What do they eat
They tend eat small rodents like voles, small mammals and birds.

Ideal nest filming time

  • Nests starts beginning of April.
  • One, maybe two clutches.
  • 4-7 average number of eggs.
  • Incubation for around 30 days. Fledge from 60 days.

Things to note
Due to the lower number, they are on an amber list. It is also illegal to disturb them when they are on a nest. Therefore, ideal reason to watch them on a camera. They normally pair up for life.

Technical details

  • Latin name: Tyto alba
  • Family: Owls (Tytonidae)

Equipment: Suitable camera bird box, nest boxes and cameras for barn owls are:
Most of our camera kits and complete nest box systems will be fine.  However, these are perfect:

Equipment: Suitable cameras for barn owls are:

Place the box in tree near suitable feeding area. Barn owls eat voles.

Further reading
Barn owl trust -