Barn Owl Sighting In Bihar

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20 December 2021 Current Affairs:In a surprising sighting on 15 December, forest personnel rescued a barn owl in the Supaul area of Bihar.

Highlights:

  • Barn owls are typically found in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other parts of Europe and are rare in the Indian subcontinent.

Barn Owl 

  • Tyto alba, the scientific name for the Barn Owl, is the world’s most widely spread owl species. Except for the arctic and desert regions, Indonesia, the Pacific Islands, and Asia north of the Himalayas, the species can be found practically wherever. 
  • For the most part, the Barn owl is nocturnal. However, the owl hunts throughout the day in parts of the United Kingdom and the Pacific Islands.
  • They specialize in hunting animals on the ground. Small mammals are their only source of food, which they track down via sound.
  • They are pale-colored, medium-sized owls with long wings and a short, squarish tail and wingspan ranging from 80 to 95 cm.
  • Barn owls can reproduce at any time of the year. However, there is still some seasonality in nesting. 
  • Egg-laying is most common in areas with distinct wet and dry seasons during the dry season. 
  • Breeding may be irregular and occur during wet periods in desert locations like Australia.

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