two families of owls with barn owls being the only members of the family
Tytonidae present in the New World. (A second genus in this family, Phodilus, is known in the Old World
and has some characters which seem intermediate between the two owl families.)
Barn owls are most common in tropical and subtropical regions.
Barn owls can make a diversity of sounds: more than 15 separate
calls in addition to tongue-clicking and wing clapping. Because of their broad geographic range, they
feed on a variety of prey items and do much of their hunting over open
Barn owls are very tolerant of people and feed primarily