Birds by Name – O

Owl

Barn Owl

The Barn Owl or Common Barn Owl, Tyto alba, is the most widely distributed species of owl and is found almost everywhere in the world except polar and desert regions, most of Indonesia and some Pacific islands.

Barn Owl

Barn Owls are generally between 33 and 39 centimetres in length with a wingspan up to 95 centimetres. The back is grey or brown, the underparts vary from white to brown, sometimes with some dark speckling and the face is heart-shaped and white in most species.

Barn Owl

They lay between four and eight eggs in a nest in a hollow tree, old building or crevice in a cliff. Diet consists mainly of small mammals, voles and shrews being a particular favourite, and these are caught through sound.

Most Barn Owls are nocturnal hunters, but not exclusively.

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Tytonidae
Subfamily: Tytoninae
Genus: Tyto
Species: T. alba

Eagle Owl

Eurasian Eagle Owl

Eagle Owl

Oystercatcher

The Oystercatcher, Haematopus ostralegus, is a large, quite stocky, black and white wading bird with a long, orange-red bill and reddish-pink legs.

Oystercatcher

In flight, it shows a wide white wing-stripe, a black tail, and a white rump that extends as a ‘V’ between the wings.

Oystercatcher 4, sized

The Oystercatcher eats cockles and mussels on the coast and worms inland.

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Haematopodidae
Genus: Haematopus