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Barn Owl Siblings by Ciameth Barn Owl Siblings by Ciameth
72-day old female Barn Owl (Tyto alba pratincola) on the left; 80 day old male Barn Owl on the right. He has a snowy-white face, and she is a good example of the darker female face, though females can sometimes have pure white faces too. These two birds were hatched at a raptor rehabilitation center. He was the first to hatch, with the other four eggs following at two day intervals. In the wild, parents do not feed their chicks equal servings. They give the most food to the hatchling that reaches for it most vigorously, which is usually the oldest. If it is a good year and the parents are able to find lots of food, all the babies might survive. If food is scarce, only the strongest, oldest birds survive. They will eat the bodies of the siblings that die of starvation in order to survive themselves.

At the rehabilitation center, all the birds get a generous helping of mice. They like to huddle together, like these siblings. When "threatened" by a person walking into the cage, the fiercer older brother puts a wing over his sister and enters a head-lowered threat display. It looks cute, but it isn't because he's a protective older brother. It is more due to their different personalities. His inclination is to stand his ground and talon anyone who gets too close, their old sister likes to run after and attack intruders, and this little girl usually flies away from perceived danger. This has made her the best flier of the brood, despite being one of the youngest. Unfortunately, it can be hard to fly away when your older brother is inadvertently holding you down. When stuck, she will often slip behind him and back up his swaying, head-lowered threat display with her own louder clacks and hisses.

This is the last picture of the female. She was released! Now she can have a (hopefully productive) life in the wild and do her part for rodent control. I have photographed her since she was hatched, and you can view the stages of her development by clicking the links below.

2 hours old: ciameth.deviantart.com/art/New…
24 hours old: ciameth.deviantart.com/art/Bar…
Six days old: ciameth.deviantart.com/art/Bar…
Eleven days old: ciameth.deviantart.com/art/Bar…
Fifteen days old: ciameth.deviantart.com/art/Por… ciameth.deviantart.com/art/Bar…
Twenty-eight days old: ciameth.deviantart.com/art/Bar…
Fifty-five days old: ciameth.deviantart.com/art/Bar…

For information on what to do if you find a baby bird on the ground: ciameth.deviantart.com/art/Whi… Spending time on the ground is natural for baby raptors, and by "rescuing" one that is perfectly healthy, you might accidentally be kidnapping it away from its parents for no reason.
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:iconalphasporidium:
Alphasporidium Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautifull
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WolfGirl1033 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
D'aww looks like Soren and an older version of Eglantine <3
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EnigmaticMalady Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student
I totally thought the same! 
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TheMeekWarrior Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, so sweet~! :love: They're both beautiful. Such a good big brother.
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DrgnLuvR Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Look Like Soren and Kludd! :D
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:icontwistokishy:
TwistOkishy Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Its Soren and Kludd!!! :D
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ObixAni112 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Soren! But the little one looks like kludd by a lot ^^
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portal2fangirl Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
they look like soren and kludd from the guardians of ga'hoole!
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:iconjaquier:
Jaquier Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Adorable :love:
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awsmdragonqueen Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
"Get away from my sister!" :lol: I love it. Thank you for all the information and the wonderful shot too! :heart:
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:icontj-scorpio88:
TJ-Scorpio88 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
it's Soren and Kludd! From Owls of Ga'Hoole!
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:iconciameth:
Ciameth Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
More like Soren and Eglantine; the dark-faced one is the younger sister :)
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TJ-Scorpio88 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
yah i realised that when i properly read your comment for the photo. I love that movie! :giggle:
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AzakiShimo Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student Artist
Why does some owls look kind of creepy? T_T
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:iconjoyrascal:
joyrascal Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Thanks for telling about them. They are gorgeous. I'm glad she's been released into the wild. What rehibilitation center is it?
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:iconciameth:
Ciameth Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The CRC in California.
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:iconjoyrascal:
joyrascal Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Okay. I was wondering because I have been to the one in Vermont.
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BlazingDragon101 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
A MASKED OWL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconciameth:
Ciameth Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope, both regular Barn Owls. Females of Tyto alba pratincola tend to have darker faces than the males.
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meihua Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
What a cute pair :D
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FalconieriDelRosone Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
so lovely ^^
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jollywrecker92 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011   Traditional Artist
If I were to work at a Raptor center, I would adore caring for one of these beautiful birds. My mother loves Barn Owls. :)
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EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Barn owls seemed really odd to me at first then they started to look really cute of their silly face! Owls have to fly quietly so their feathers are oh so fluffy too. Barn owls in particular seems so snuggly! And I love how siblings stay close together like that (:
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SleepyFoxes Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
Thought-process: "aww! What a pretty lookin' owl there to riiiiight...Left owl... 8("

Two sides of a coin right there. xD She certainly looks like a real good threat to mice (and human souls), but I guess she's going with a molt or something there? With that scraggly appearance. (:iconsleepyfoxes: <-- not used to seeing barn owlets) I'm sure she'll be just as pretty as her brother as well! :D

And awesome to hear how good you care for them and release healthy birds back into the wild, makes me happy. <3
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:iconciameth:
Ciameth Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
She's just younger and hasn't grown in all her adult feathers yet. You can see her growth process starting with the photo I took of her when she was freshly hatched [link] and by clicking on the links to other ages in the artist's comments.
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SleepyFoxes Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
*checks*

D'aawww, so hideous it's cute. <3
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xxheartbrokenangelxx Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O_O first thing that comes to mind is Soren and Eglantine from Guardians Ga'Hoole. lovely shot, btw(:
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marymacinblack Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
great photo. love the colors and markings on the owls.
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NoirValentie Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
looks like they have found somthing :o
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Thundertail336 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
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WeepingPiano Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is amazing. Thank you for sharing this with us.
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KetsuekiRyu Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous birds. Thank you for sharing.
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RUGodsOrAreUMen Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
bob and terry
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roktolalosha Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
What wisdom on those faces!
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MollyTheWanderer Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Barn owls. Its odd that they are both beautiful and strange at the same time. These two are very sweet. Congradulations on being able to return the female to the wild ^_^.
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The male too! We've released over two dozen so far this year, and have at least another dozen young barn owls that should be releasable.
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MollyTheWanderer Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I'm so jealous, you have such a fun job.
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Chrachen Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The story about the birds is great as always! Lovely picture!
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PhoenixMaat Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Such beautiful birds! He definitely has the come-any-closer-and-I'll-tear-you're-eyes-out look down! Don't think he's one I'd ever want to meet in the dark of our barn! Scary even if he is gorgeous!
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SirJaymes Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
This is amazing; I love owls, and it's incredible how you documented this all :)
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Slipping-Star Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Is she not what one calls a "Sooty" Barn owl?
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:iconciameth:
Ciameth Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope, that's a different species entirely: Tyto tenebricosa. They belong to the same family (Tytonidae) as Barn Owls and all tyto owls as are often referred to as "barn owls" together. Slightly confusing. The actual species known as the Barn Owl is Tyto alba. I think the wikipedia article on tytonidae has pictures of all the different species. There aren't very many compared to all the species of regular owls. Here's a pic of a Sooty: [link] It has the same style of pale facial disk as a Barn Owl, but is overall a very gray animal. Their faces can get really dark too: [link]
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Slipping-Star Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Oh wow. I never realized. O.O
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WildFree Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
awwwww my love! :love:
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LupusAzulli Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Look how CUTE! I am definitely going to work with birds of prey like you when I get older! Do Barn Owls live in Pennsylvania?
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:iconciameth:
Ciameth Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, they're common all over the world!
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LupusAzulli Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Yay! My dad didn't believe me, but now... Mwahaha, I can finally prove him wrong!
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
These two are so cute in the way they are posing with each other! Awe! Adorable!
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow great news that she's been successfully released, I hope she does well in the wild. Is she tagged in anyway so that you can keep track of her, or ringed so you'd know if you saw her again?
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Our releases are banded, but there aren't many programs that recapture barn owls so we are only likely to hear back about her if she is found dead, or a birder photographs her band and sends the message along. We do hear back about our hawks and falcons, however. One dark morph SWHA who was with us for over a year (a long rehab process) migrated back right to our area and has nested five minutes from the rehab center for the last two years.
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