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Conservation Status

Conservation Status - Least Concern

Nutmeg the Barn Owl

(Tyto alba)

About Nutmeg

We were given Nutmeg to temporarily look after some years ago, but upon reuniting with her owner, Nutmeg refused to settle down. Ever since then she has been with us, and is very content with being at our owl sanctuary. Nutmeg is 12 years old and is now nearly blind, though she's still very vocal and likes to meet new people. Nutmeg loves to receive lots of fuss and attention!

Description of the Barn Owl

The Barn Owl is a native owl to Britain, and is of a fair size (around 40cm). It is a very easy owl to recognise, as it has a distinct heart-shaped face, along with black eyes. The wingspan of this bird is around 80-90cm, and when flying, makes hardly any noise whatsoever. The chest feathers of the Barn Owl are white, and the wing feathers are a buff colour. Generally the Barn Owl can be found in the countryside, as it nests in old farm outhouses and barns, and has to have extensive grassy patches to hunt for food in. This bird eats small mammals such as mice, and hunts commonly at dawn and dusk, and sometimes during the day if there are young to feed.