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barn owl

a yellowish-brown and white owl, Tyto alba, often inhabiting barns and other buildings.
Origin of barn owl
First recorded in 1665-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • To my knowledge, there are two records of the barn owl in Coahuila.

  • However, neither with the barn owl nor with man has the species-maker had his own way.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • The barn owl, however, differs from all others in that it has a long, thin face.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • He informed me it was identically the same as the barn owl at home.

    Sport in Abyssinia Dermot Mayo
  • The barn owl merely resorts to it for repose and concealment.

    The Ornithology of Shakespeare James Edmund Harting
  • Farmers are in error when they accuse the barn owl of destroying their Pigeons' eggs.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • When the barn owl finds a deficiency of food it has recourse to fishing.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • Very different from these notes is the screech of the barn owl.

  • A little screech owl tuned up in the distance, a barn owl replied, and a great horned owl drowned both their voices.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost Gene Stratton Porter
  • These trivial differences are not usually considered sufficient to justify the division of the barn owl into two species.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for barn owl

barn owl

any owl of the genus Tyto, esp T. alba, having a pale brown and white plumage, long slender legs, and a heart-shaped face: family Tytonidae
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