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Eastern Barn Owl ~ Tyto javanica


The Eastern Barn Owl is a medium sized owl with no ear-tufts and a heart-shaped face. It was formerly considered a subspecies of the Common, or Western Barn Owl Tyto alba.

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  • Eastern Barn Owl
  • Eastern Barn Owl
  • Eastern Barn Owl
  • Eastern Barn Owl
  • Eastern Barn Owl
  • Eastern Barn Owl


Size: Length around 34cm. Wing length 265-323mm. Tail length 119-127m. Weight 250-480g.

Voice: A drawn-out rasping screech similar to other Barn Owls.

Distribution: Asia from Asia Minor to central China and Indonesia, through to Australia and offshore islands. Introduced to New Zealand.

Range of Eastern Barn Owl (Tyto javanica)
Range of the Eastern Barn Owl Tyto javanica

Status: Generally common and widespread.

Original Description: Gmelin, J.F. 1788. Systema Naturae, edito decimal tertia, 1, pt. 1, p. 295.

Hollands, David. 1991. "Birds of the Night". Reed Books.
International Ornithological Congress. 2020. "IOC World Bird List - Owls".
König, Claus & Weick, Friedhelm. 2008. "Owls: A Guide to the Owls of the World (Second Edition)". Yale University Press.
Tyto javanica at Xeno-canto.

See also: Other owls from Asia, Oceania, Genus: Tyto.

Page by Deane Lewis. Last updated 2020-11-27.