barn owl info literacy sheet by Zw48Ik7

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									  The Barn Owl

  The Barn Owl was once a common sight in the
  British Countryside. As its name indicates, it can
  be found in and near farm buildings but also nests
  in hollow trees and rock crevices.

  Barn Owls have a heart-shaped facial disc. They
  have small, dark eyes and spindly legs. The upper
  body is a sandy colour with grey and white
  speckling. The underparts are white. The Barn
  Owl hunts primarily for voles, mice and the
  common shrew either from a perch or by flying
  across meadowland during the early evening and
  night.

  The Barn Owl population has dropped to a dangerously low level in recent years as
  intensive farming methods have reduced the voles natural habitat of hedgerows and
  meadow areas and nest sites in old farm buildings are either demolished or converted
  for other uses. Barn Owls are unable to hunt in wet weather as their feathers easily
  become waterlogged and can starve if they are unable to eat for a couple of days. Barn
  Owls therefore, are more successful in the low-lying, arable areas of the South of
  Britain where there are fewer days of rainfall each year, than in the North.

1. Why is “Barn Owl” a good name for this owl?


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2. What color is a Barn Owl?


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3. What is the main prey for Barn Owls?


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4. Why are Barn Owls “in danger”?


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5. Why are Barn Owls sometimes unable to hunt for food?


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6. How could we help to protect Barn Owls?


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