Ethereal and ghost-like, the barn owl (Tyto alba) has golden-grey colored upperparts, and pure white underparts. The heart-shaped facial disc is pale, and the large eyes are black. It flies silently and slowly, often with the feet dangling. A number of vocalizations are produced, including an eerie drawn-out shriek. The barn owl is one of the most wide-ranging birds in the world, found in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australasia. Barn owls do not hoot, instead emitting a long, eerie screech. They also hiss, snore and yap. With its asymmetrical ears, the barn owl has the most acute hearing of any animal.




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