The Barn Owl - (Tyto alba) is the most widely distributed species of owl on the planet. The Barn Owl is predominantly nocturnal, roosting during the daytime, hunting mice, shrews & rats by night. In the wild, they are relatively short-lived with many dying in their first year, their average life expectancy is around 2-3 years. There are 35 sub-species of Barn Owl.
Owl's play a huge part in JK Rowling's wizarding world, most notably as messengers. Kay manages to bestow this owl with a disgruntled, bedraggled demeanour – the result of being kept in Hagrid's coat pocket before being dispatched with a message to Dumbledore. #HarryPotter