Tyto alba) were once common in southern Michigan but in recent decades they have been very rare [pdf], with only a handful of sightings throughout the state. They are protected as an endangered species in the state. Barn Owls have been more successful in other parts of the US and have a global distribution, including parts of Europe, Africa, South America, Australia, and Asia.
Like other owls, the Barn Owl is a nocturnal hunter, eating rodents and other small animals. Barn Owls prefer open grasslands to the wooded habitats of the Great Horned Owl.
Lake Milton Raptor Center.
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