Key information: The best time to see a Barn Owl is around dusk, right before it gets dark. It nests in holes on cliffs or in old buildings. Its face has the shape of a heart and resembles a human face. It is wrongly misunderstood because of its screeching call. It is very useful to farmers, as it can consume up to 1000 rodents per year. For this reason, it is used to control rodent populations in farmland areas by placing nest boxes to attract a breeding pair.
Length: 33 – 39 cm | Wingspan: 80 – 95 cm
Habitat: Farmland, towns and villages
When they can be seen: All year round
What they eat: Rodents
In Cyprus: Can be seen in farmland areas and in towns and villages
Status: Resident breeder
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis