Jazz the Barn Owl
Jazz was captive bred at the Muskoka Wildlife Centre and, as a result, is human imprinted. Jazz is quite unique; her father was a European subspecies and her mother was an American subspecies, so she has characteristics of both. She is quite a bit smaller than a typical American barn owl, and has some darker markings like their European counterpart.
The Barn Owl
• Favourite Snacks: Mice, voles and shrews form the bulk of a Barn Owl’s diet, but they will also take young rats, and have even been observed catching fish from ponds.
• Special Talents: Barn Owls have asymmetrical ears on each side of their head allowing them to pinpoint prey using their highly specialized sense of hearing.
• Voice: There are three calls of the adult Barn Owl: (1) A discordant scream expressing alarm. (2) A snapping of the bill expressing suspicion and alarm. (3) A flight call, resembling ’ick-ick-ick-ick,’ apparently signifying the bringing of food.