• Under a Full Moon, Pale Barn Owls Can Freeze Voles in Their Tracks

    15 days ago - By All About Birds

    Two very different colored Barn Owls in Switzerland. Photo by Isabell Henry.
    The ghostly visage of the Barn Owl is surely the stuff of nightmares for voles, the small mouselike rodents that are among the Barn Owl's most common prey. Barn Owls are efficient rodent killers thanks to a combination of excellent low-light vision, silent flight, and otherworldly hearing. But it turns out some Barn Owls have an additional secret weapon in their hunting arsenal-moonlight.
    Scientists have long puzzled over why adult Barn Owls (which are strictly nocturnal, so they hunt in the dark) can show a...
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