Barn Owl – Venus

Name: Venus – Female

Species: Barn Owl

Liberty Arrival: 2021 / Juvenile

Injury/Condition: Amputated 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. Due to the severity of the displaced hallux, amputation was required. 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.