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Published on Jun 16, 2010
Academy biologist Eric provides a behind the scenes look at training the Academy's Barn Owl (Tyto alba). Barn Owls are native to the San Francisco Bay Area and are the most widely distributed species of owl. Their body length can reach 40 centimeters (15.5 inches) with a 110 centimeters (43 inch) wingspan. These nocturnal birds have excellent low-light vision but they find prey using asymmetrically placed ears that localize sounds generated by voles, pocket gophers, mice and rats.
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