The Barn Owl is a distinctive and much loved countryside bird. Barn Owls can be found throughout the UK and Ireland and are easily identified with their heart shaped face and pure white underparts. They hunt small mammals such as mice, voles, shrews, rats, muskrats, hares and rabbits, and they may also prey on small birds.
Breeding takes place at varying times of year, and they will lay approximately between four and six eggs. The female incubates the eggs for 29 to 34 days, when the time comes they will hatch every 2-3 days, usually in the order they were laid. The chicks will leave the nest on their first flight 50 to 70 days after hatching, but they return to the nest to roost for 7 to 8 weeks. The chicks usually become independent from the parents 3 to 5 weeks after they begin flying.