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Galapagos Barn Owl - Birdwatching - Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands are home to a thriving population of barn owls. They're easy to spot with their distinctive owl faces and mottled brown and white coloring. Galapagos Barn Owls are not considered an introduced species and are actually a distinctive subspecies of the Common Barn Owl. Although probably as common as the Galapagos Short-eared owl, they're much harder to spot because of their nocturnal habits.

Like their mainland cousins, they like to nest in airy structures, including buildings and lava tubes. They feed mostly on rodents and smaller birds. Seeing one is rare, as most visitor sites are closed at night. Your only real chance is to spot one on the outskirts of one of the towns at night.


Here are other activities in and around The Galápagos Islands that may be of interest: Whimbrels in Galapagos, Mockingbird, Smooth-Billed Ani, Inland Water Birds of Galapagos, Galapagos Rail, Common Moorhen in Galapagos, Pied-Billed Grebe, Academy Bay Boat Tour, Yellow Warbler and Darwin's Finches.

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