Barn Owl in a tree in the back garden. It was watching our cat as he came across the roof and in the window.
Periferia Presa Constitución 1917. San Juan del Río, Querétaro. Laura Uribe, Grupo Vasconcelos ITSJR.
perched on a limb just outside of an abandoned house at sunset. I suspect the bird lives in the old house.
Small colony captive for natural history research.
humerus and ulna, confirmed with synoptic collection.
Barn-owls (family Tytonidae) are one of the two families of owls, the other being the true owls, Strigidae. They are medium to large sized owls with large heads and characteristic heart-shaped faces. They have long, strong legs with powerful talons. They also differ from Strigidae in structural details relating in particular to the sternum and feet.