The asymmetrical placing of the barn owl’s ears allow for its acute hearing that can better detect sound position and distance. Its huge binocular eyes have exceptional low-light vision, which allows it to easily find prey at night by sight. But its skill to discover prey by just sound is the best of any animal. It can easily target and capture rodents with efficiency. Combined with its high metabolic rate, it is believed that the barn owl consumes more rodents than any other creature, and thus it is a valuable ally to the farmer working to protect his crops from pests.
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Location: This animal is not on exhibit. It is part of our educational collection and may only be seen in programs inside or outside of the zoo.
Arrived at EPZ: Banshee- born 7/27/2020