Common Barn Owl / Lechuza común
Maximum size: 39 cm long / 95 cm wingspan.
They prefer human settlements, abandoned building sites, belfries,
towers, castles, barns, etc. They can also be seen in clearings, pastures,
meadows, etc. They benefit from hollows in trees and rocky areas in order
to make their nests, although they prefer clear spaces in farmland-fields.
They feed on mice, shrews, small moles, small birds such as starlings,
sparrows, tits, as well as on insects, amphibians and reptiles. They are
easier to be seen in winter as they become less evasive due to the shortage
of prey. Their breeding season starts in April. Their enemies are the Real
They can easily be seen in urban areas in Iberian Peninsula. They can
be seen all-year-round.