Barn Owl Tyto alba
Barn Owls, sometimes called "Monkeyfaced" owls because of their heart-shaped faces, are strictly nocturnal. As their name suggests, they commonly select man-made structures in which to live: silos, water tanks, church towers and barns are favored sites.They are 14 to 20 inches tall with a wing-span of 40 to 45 inches. Their color is tawny or golden above and white or pale cinnamon below. They have long, broad wings and are graceful and somewhat moth-like in flight. Barn Owls do not hoot, but are very vocal nevertheless. Their various sounds include hissing, screeching, beak snapping, and a cry best described as a maniacal shriek. These owls breed throughout New Jersey and in some areas are fairly common.
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