The sounds and verses emitted by the barn owl


The sounds emitted by the barn owl

The barn owl, scientific name Tyto alba of the family Tytonidae emits different sounds depending on the situation. Many of them are screeching or hissing. The best known is certainly the characteristic scream shree shocking, which is heard at a great distance that is emitted by the male as a warning especially when flying.There are also the hissing calls used to intimidate predators or other barn owls; the high-pitched trills launched as an alarm and numerous others. Below we report two different types of sounds, one the characteristic shree and the other of the sharp pops launched to intimidate an opponent.
In popular beliefs his verses, mostly acute, almost desperate, have meant that they were chased from houses and roofs because they were considered bad omen and bearers of misfortune.

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If you want to get to know this animal better, consult the technical sheet: The Barn Owl

(1) Original photograph courtesy of U. S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior / USGS
(2) Original photograph courtesy of courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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