They have almost never been observed drinking water in the wild. However, recent research reveals that some species of birds have a high number of active genes that are associated with smell.

How can you tell which one is female and which one is male? Back to Top Barn Owls get most of the water that they need from eating their prey. Back to Top Traditionally, scientists assumed that most birds have a poor sense of smell because the area of a bird’s brain involved in smell is relatively small compared with the area found in mammals.

One captive female consumed about 60.5 grams of food per day, amounting to more than 10 percent of her body mass daily.

Back to Top The amount of food required for a Barn Owl depends on the size of the owl and the time of the year.

Though the owls appear to be specialized in hunting small mammals, this actually may only reflect the fact that these prey items are what the owls are most likely to encounter in their nocturnal habitat.

The minimum interval between eating and casting is about 6.5 hours, but repeated small meals at intervals of less than 6.5 hours inhibit pellet regurgitation and result in large pellets containing remains of many meals.

In North America, Barn Owls have been found to produce one to two pellets per day on average.

Questions and Answers About Texas Barn Owl Events, June 6-7, 2016? Back to Top Many details about mate selection are not known.

Won’t the babies get smothered from the parents sitting on them? Will the Cornell Lab intervene if the nest is abandoned? Do the parents feed the young birds after they leave the nest? There is even one report of polygyny, with two females and one male nesting and raising young together in one nest box.

This patch has lots of blood vessels just beneath the skin that transfer heat to the eggs.

Back to Top Barn Owls usually start breeding at about a year old. She has a featherless area on her abdomen called a “brood patch” which is designed to keep the eggs warm.

Back to Top Birds have what is known as a nictitating membrane or “third eyelid.” This is a clear eyelid, closest to the eyeball.

Pellet regurgitation appears to be stimulated by the sight of a potential meal.

Bones are broken down in the stomach to provide important nutrients such as calcium and phosphorus.