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Barn owl, Vermont


Vermont Institute of Natural Science

The barn owls' main characteristic is the heart-shaped facial disc, formed by stiff feathers which serve to amplify and locate the source of sounds when hunting. It's hard not to fall in love at first sight for these owls with superpowers.

 The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is a nonprofit, member-supported, environmental education, research and avian rehabilitation organization headquartered at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont. We are a proud supporter of the care of  VIN's Barn Owl, Aurora, through the RISE Adopt a Raptor Program. Together, we can protect our natural heritage through education, research and avian wildlife rehabilitation. The planet and I will owlways love you for it.

Have a hoot of a day,


Barn owl overview

The barn owl (Tyto alba) is the most widely distributed species of owl and one of the most widespread of all birds. It is also referred to as the common barn owl, to distinguish it from other species in its family, Tytonidae, which includes the Golden Masked Owl (Tyto aurantia)