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Vancouver, British Columbia

Barn Owl

Barn  Owl

Tyto alba

Weight: 400 - 700 g.
Length: 29 - 44 cm.
Wingspan: 110 cm.

Status in Stanley Park:

Uncertain - unlikely to be resident. The only suitable habitat is the area around Brocton Point, but this is pure speculation on my part.

The photo at left is of the "office owl" at O.W.L. - a rescued bird. Unfortunately not all rescued birds can be released to the wild, but this one helps educate the (human) public.

I know of only one possible sighting from the 1990's of an owl near the causeway overpass.

The Barn Owl is at the northern limit of its range in our area. It is able to survive at such latitudes because of its habit of nesting in barns and other enclosed spaces. These provide warmer locations for roosting and rearing their young. This ability to adapt to human agriculture has made it one of the most widespread birds in the world. However, changes in our agricultural practices have lead to declines in many areas.

For more information and range, etc. I suggest a visit to (Barn Owl).