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Sonoran Desert Birds



Barn owl - (Tyto alba)

 Barn owl

Size: 16 inches
Overall Color: tan
Occurrence: widespread
Diet: rodents, insects, bats, reptiles
Nest: cavity (often in old buildings)
Field Identification: prominent heart-shaped facial disk, white breast with speckles, long legs, white underwings
Season: year-round

Barn owl
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (hollow nerve cord)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (backbone)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Tytonidae (owls)
Genus: Tyto
species: alba

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