- a yellowish-brown and white owl, Tyto alba, often inhabiting barns and other buildings.
Origin of barn owl
First recorded in 1665–75
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Examples from the Web for barn owl
He had heard the boy give it, and now he cautiously repeated, three times, the softly quavering call of the barn-owl.When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry
Charles Neville Buck
The barn-owl is the "screech" owl of bird literature; the brown owl the true hooting owl.
Of this the barn-owl is perfectly aware, and at evening he may be seen sweeping low over the meadows seeking whom he may devour.
Like the species last described—the Barn-Owl—it has an exceedingly wide range.Argentine Ornithology, Volume II (of 2)
P. L. Sclater
- 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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