Youtube User "Owl Rehab" Wrote us About This Video:
"They definitely do not hoot! This is just one of their many calls. This is a sound we hear often. Barn Owls have the most blood curdling scream, they often sound like this during their examinations, and also, in the wild. They have been recorded at 92 decibels! In no way, was this Barn Owl being hurt, this is a natural defensive call, to try and scare us. If you were to run into a Barn Owl at night in cold dark barn, this is what you would hear!"
This is a bird of open country such as farmland or grassland with some interspersed woodland, usually below 2,000 m ASL but occasionally as high as 3,000 m ASL in the tropics. This owl prefers to hunt along the edges of woods.
It has an effortless wavering flight as it quarters pastures or similar hunting grounds. Like most owls, the Barn Owl flies silently; tiny serrations on the leading edges of its flight feathers help to break up the flow of air over its wings, thereby reducing turbulence and the noise that accompanies it.
Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food. Pound for pound, Barn Owls consume more rodents—often regarded as pests by humans—than possibly any other creature. This makes the Barn Owl one of the most economically valuable wildlife animals to farmers.