barn owl

noun
a yellowish-brown and white owl, Tyto alba, often inhabiting barns and other buildings.

Origin:
1665–75

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barn owl
 
n
any owl of the genus Tyto, esp T. alba, having a pale brown and white plumage, long slender legs, and a heart-shaped face: family Tytonidae

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The barn owl-a ghostly presence at dusk when it hunts on pale, silent
  wings-also benefited.
Among the fauna visitors can see are tropical birds and the endangered flying
  fox-a fruit bat with the wingspan of a barn owl.
Ecological notes on the prey selection by a barn owl.
Of the earless owls, the barn owl is easily recognized by light colors and
  heart shaped face.
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