Barn Owl – Henry

Name: Henry – Male

Species: Barn Owl

Liberty Arrival: April 2014 / Nestling

Injury/Condition: Severe head trauma

Henry arrived at Liberty with severe head trauma, cause unknown.  After a month of care, the only remaining sign of his injury was a slight head-tilt. When tested for release he demonstrated inadequate skills to hunt and survive in the wild.

Barn Owl Facts

The barn owl is one of the most widespread of all owls and can be found on every continent except Antarctica.

Life span: The limited research indicates a short life span in the wild between 1 and 2 years while other studies indicate as much as 12 years. In captivity, they may live to 20 years or more.

Prey: Nocturnal hunters, barn owls prefer small mammals such as mice, voles, shrews, and small rats.

Babies: Nests are made in existing cavities in trees, cliffs, barn lofts, and nest boxes.  Normally, they will lay 5 to 7 eggs that are incubated for 29 to 34 days.  The young fledge from 56 to 70 days.