Light colour and a heart-shaped face distinguish this owl. It has an extraordinarily broad distribution being found from southern Canada to southern South America, on the larger Caribbean Islands, the British Isles to southern Russia and south through Eurasia to Southern Africa and Australia. In British Columbia, it is limited to southeast Vancouver Island, the Fraser Valley and the Okanagan Valley. Barn owls appear to have expanded into this range during the past century (first record 1909) with the spread of agriculture. They prey on small rodents, usually in pastures, and nest in cavities in trees, buildings or cliffs. The major threat is habitat loss to urbanization. Pesticides (especially rodent poison) can cause death or reproductive problems.
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The entire area of all regional districts in which the species occurs somewhere is shaded. The actual species range may be much smaller.