Status: Very Rare (< 5 records)
Origins: Reportedly the most widespread species of owl in the world – although not normally occurring anywhere near Newfoundland. It occurs across most of the United States through South America, Europe, Africa and temperate Asia. Many subspecies have been recognized across this vast range.
Record Details: One or two records for Newfoundland. One was found dead near St. Anthony on November 29, 1957 – measurements apparently indicated it was not of Old World origins. There is an old report of one being shot in 1866 (fide Reeks), but other details are lacking.
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I heard a Barn Owl last fall at night in the Middle Ridge Wildlife reserve. I have a sound bite of it on my YouTube channel. It was pretty cool and unique sounding!