Cloud is a male Barn Owl who was rescued after falling out of the nest as a youngster. Unfortunately, he fell so far that his spine was damaged in the fall. Although the damage has not paralysed him, his injuries were too severe for him to be released as they would affect his ability to hunt. He lives in our specialist unit for disabled birds with Boo, our Boobook.
About Barn Owls
The Barn Owl feeds on mice, voles, shrews and rats. This has, unfortunately, exposed the species to the dangers of pesticides which have become a major cause of death in this beautiful bird. Studies have identified that rats are building immunity to certain poisons and when ingested the rats become lethargic but do not die. This makes them easy prey for a Barn Owl. As the Barn Owl has not built-up any resistance, they often succumb to the lethal doses of poison in the rat.
The distinctive heart-shaped facial disk serves a purpose in helping the Barn Owl hunt. The disk channels sound to the ears either side of the facial ruff, helping them to pin point exactly where their prey is.
The male and female of the species can be identified by the speckling on the stomach and underside of the female’s wings, while the male is pure white underneath.