Barn Owl – Nyx

Name: Nyx – Female

Species: Barn Owl

Liberty Arrival: April 2020 /Juvenile

Injury/Condition: Imprinted

Nyx was left unattended at the Liberty Wildlife drop-off window.  An attached letter explained they had found her months earlier but because of possible COVID-19 exposure, they remained homebound for several months causing Nyx to become imprinted and not able to be released to 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.