Barn Owl Bartel Grasslands Cook County IL March 2012 Jeff Skrentny FB0304 IMG_0016
in one of the barns on property
Nestling in box.
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.