We would like to welcome three Barn Owls to the barn at the historic Croft home. Two males, Barnaby and Soren, and a hen named Owlivia, come to us from the Alabama Nature Center, a wildlife rehabilitation facility south of Birmingham, Alabama. All three had injuries that do not allow them to be leased back into the wild.
Barn owls nest in old woodpecker holes, crevices of tree trunks and, you guessed it, lofts of barns. They prefer grain and grassland habitat scattered with mature trees. Their main prey item is the meadow vole but they will eat mice, rats, small birds and reptiles. Barn owls can capture prey in complete darkness by using only their hearing.
Barn owls can be found almost all over the world; wherever there is preferred habitat you may find them. There are many subspecies and slight color variations. Because of their efficient hunting skills, fruit plantations in some countries put nest boxes up to encourage barn owls to stay in the area to control rodents that destroy their crops.