Barn owl: "The wise old barn owl is one of the most widespread birds in the world. In Europe and the Americas it is seen as the farmers' friend because it eats so many rodents, yet on tropical islands the barn owl's surperb tracking equipment is having a devastating impact on populations of rare, nesting seabirds." 100 Alien Invaders; www.bradtguides.com
Barn owls are nocturnal and preys upon small mammals like voles, gophers, shrews, mice and rats and also bats, frogs and insects. They use a combination of sight and hearing to detect their prey. Their hearing is better than their sight, and have the sharpest hearing out of any animal tested. They have asymmetrical (not evenly placed) ear openings, the left one being higher than the right one. This allows their ears to be more sensitive to sounds from different directions.
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