Barn Owl – Venus

Name: Venus – Female

Species: Barn Owl

Liberty Arrival: 2021 / Juvenile

Injury/Condition: Congenital Defect / Hallux

Venus arrived as a juvenile with an abnormality to her left hallux (first toe; appears backwards on most raptors). It is unknown if it was a congenital defect or an injury sustained while in the nest. Unable to grasp prey without her first toe, Venus cannot be released and has become a welcome addition to the education team.

Barn Owl Facts

Description: 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.