Tyto alba (Barn owl) / Nonnetjie-uil

Elizabeth Kendall

Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa

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These pale, nearly worldwide, birds are closely associated with man through their traditional use in the Old World of barn lofts and church steeples as nesting sites. They occur throughout most of Britain and Europe and across many parts of Asia, Africa, and in much of North America. In South America they are found in areas of suitable grassland, as well as on oceanic islands such as the Galapagos. They were introduced to Hawaii in 1958.
Magaret Meintjes’ lovely photo was my inspiration to draw my own Barn Owl. I dedicate this sketch to her! ;-)
I used watersoluble pencils and my Parker pen.
(on watercolour paper)
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ART: Watersoluble Pencils and Sketches, also in ART: Wildlife in Africa
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18 Sept. 2011.
FEATURED in the Only Owls Group
12 Nov. 2011.
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5 August 2012.
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30 October 2014.
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31 October 2014
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4 November 2014.
Barn owls (Tyto alba) roost and nest in old barns, ruins and neglected buildings as well as in trees and sometimes cliffs. They have a long breeding season starting in early Spring and may rear two broods.
The size of each clutch can vary from as few as three to as many as eleven but is usually between four and seven, depending on the supply of food available. The male will feed the female while she is incubating the eggs, a period of about five weeks.
The young owls are born covered in white down and twelve days later develop a creamy coat which will eventually be shed to develop the characteristic golden upper coat mottled with grey and the white underfeathers of the adult. The young owls are ready to fly at eight to ten weeks old.
Although widely known beforehand, it was in 1769 when the Barn Owl was first officially described by Giovanni Scopoli, an Italian naturalist. The species name “alba” also refers to the colour white. Other names for the Barn Owl have included Monkey-faced Owl, Ghost Owl, Church Owl, Death Owl, Hissing Owl, Hobgoblin or Hobby Owl, Golden Owl, Silver Owl, White Owl, Night Owl, Rat Owl, Scritch Owl, Screech Owl, Straw Owl, Barnyard Owl and Delicate Owl.

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