Taxon profile


Barn Owl
Tyto alba (Scopoli, 1769)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Chordata - chordates »  class Aves - birds »  order Strigiformes - owls »  family Tytonidae - barn owls »  genus Tyto

Scientific synonyms

Lechusa stirtoni Miller, 1956
Palaeophoyx columbiana McCoy, 1963
Strix alba Scopoli, 1769 o
Strix melitensis Lydekker, 1891
Tyto melitensis (Lydekker, 1891)

Other names

= Common Barn Owl

Least Concern


juvenile animal


Taxon in country check-lists*

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Included taxa

Number of records: 32

subspecies Tyto alba affinis (Blyth, 1862)
subspecies Tyto alba alba (Scopoli, 1769)
subspecies Tyto alba bargei (Hartert, 1892)
subspecies Tyto alba bondi Parkes & A. R. Phillips, 1978
subspecies Tyto alba contempta (Hartert, 1898)

Tyto alba contempta

subspecies Tyto alba crassirostris Mayr, 1935
subspecies Tyto alba delicatula (Gould, 1837)
subspecies Tyto alba deroepstorffi (Hume, 1875)
subspecies Tyto alba detorta Hartert, 1913
subspecies Tyto alba erlangeri W. L. Sclater, 1921
subspecies Tyto alba ernesti (O. Kleinschmidt, 1901)
subspecies Tyto alba furcata (Temminck, 1827)
subspecies Tyto alba gracilirostris (Hartert, 1905)
subspecies Tyto alba guatemalae (Ridgway, 1874)
subspecies Tyto alba guttata (C. L. Brehm, 1831) - European Barn Owl

Tyto alba guttata - European Barn Owl

subspecies Tyto alba hellmayri Griscom & Greenway, 1937
subspecies Tyto alba hypermetra Grote, 1928
subspecies Tyto alba insularis (Pelzeln, 1872)
subspecies Tyto alba javanica (Gmelin, 1788)

Tyto alba javanica

subspecies Tyto alba lucayana Riley, 1913
subspecies Tyto alba meeki (Rothschild & Hartert, 1907)
subspecies Tyto alba nigrescens (Lawrence, 1878)
subspecies Tyto alba niveicauda Parkes & A. R. Phillips, 1978
subspecies Tyto alba poensis (Fraser, 1843)
subspecies Tyto alba pratincola (Bonaparte, 1838)

Tyto alba pratincola

subspecies Tyto alba punctatissima (G. R. Gray, 1839)
subspecies Tyto alba schmitzi (Hartert, 1900)
subspecies Tyto alba stertens Hartert, 1929

Tyto alba stertens

subspecies Tyto alba subandeana L. Kelso, 1938
subspecies Tyto alba sumbaensis (Hartert, 1897)
subspecies Tyto alba thomensis (Hartlaub, 1852)

Tyto alba thomensis

subspecies Tyto alba tuidara (J. E. Gray, 1829)

Links and literature

EN AOU Checklist of North and Middle American Birds 2013 [], North American Classification Committee (NACC) [as Tyto alba]
Data retrieved on: 26 April 2013
EN Bird Life 3 [22688504]

Bird Life [] [as Tyto alba (Scopoli, 1769)]
Data retrieved on: 23 November 2018
EN ARKive [/barn-owl/tyto-alba/]

ARKive []
Data retrieved on: 16 December 2010
EN Fauna Europaea 2.4 [97035]

de Jong, Y.S.D.M. (ed.): Fauna Europaea [] [as Tyto alba (Scopoli, 1769)]
Data retrieved on: 9 March 2012
EN Handbook of the Birds of the World (HBW) Alive [54929]

del Hoyo J., Elliott A., Sargatal J., Christie D.A. & de Juana E. (eds.).: Handbook of the Birds of the World (HBW) Alive [], Lynx Edicions, Barcelona [as Tyto alba Scopoli, 1769]
Data retrieved on: 27 November 2018
EN Gill F. & Donsker D.: IOC World Bird List 7.3 [] [as Tyto alba (Scopoli, 1769)]
Data retrieved on: 16 November 2017
EN Remsen J. V. Jr., Cadena C. D., Jaramillo A., Nores M., Pacheco J. F., Pérez-Emán J., Robbins M. B., Stiles F. G., Stotz D. F. and Zimmer K. J. (2002-2013): Classification of the bird species of South America 17 March 2013 [], American Ornithologists' Union [as Tyto alba]
Data retrieved on: 26 April 2013
DE Zootier-Lexikon [398:schleiereule-tyto-alba]

Dollinger P.: Zootier-Lexikon
Data retrieved on: 2 December 2018
CZ Hudec K. et al. (2003): Soustava a české názvosloví ptáků světa, Muzeum Komenského v Přerově. 462 pp. [as Tyto alba (Scopoli, 1769)]
EN Clements, J. F.: eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world 6.7 [], Cornell Lab of Ornithology [as Tyto alba]
Data retrieved on: 7 April 2013
EN Crochet P.-A., Joynt G.: AERC list of Western Palearctic birds December 2012 [] [as Tyto alba]
Data retrieved on: 26 April 2013
ES Lilleleht V. , Lõhmus A. (1997): Scientific, Estonian and English names of birds of Europe [] [as Tyto alba]
Data retrieved on: 11 July 2010
Fenneman J. (2007): British Columbia Bird Checklist [as Tyto alba]
Data retrieved on: 25 January 2009

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