HATCH YEAR: 2008
FUN FACTS ABOUT GOBLIN
- Goblin is very sound based with his flight training sessions. If he gets distracted flying between his two trainers, all the trainer has to do is make a sound called a pish, and he will redirect his flight to make it to the trainer. Sometimes turning his body completely around mid flight!
- Goblin was named after David Bowie’s role as the Goblin King, Jareth, in the movie Labyrinth.
- Tyto alba. Greek and Latin origin, meaning “white owl.”
- Barn Owls are found on every continent except Antarctica.
- They prefer open fields to hunt in such as grasslands, prairies, and agricultural areas.
- Nest in hollow trees, nest boxes, caves, cliffs, barns and other structures.
- Best mousers of any animal species ever recorded. They can hear a mouse’s foot steps from around 1/4 of a mile away! One Barn Owl usually catches on average 3-4 mice a day.
- Will also eat other small mammals like rats, voles, lemmings, shrews, bats, and rabbits.
- Nocturnal hunters.
- Unlike most other owl species, Barn Owls do not hoot, they scream! Making them the source of many ghost stories throughout the ages.
- A Barn Owl mating pair are monogamous, meaning they will mate for life. A pair will usually raise two broods a year. Number of chicks is usually 5-7 per clutch of eggs.
- Heart shaped facial disk with white, brown, and grey body feathers.
- Females are larger than the males and will usually be darker and have a distinct golden ring around their facial disk. In males this golden ring is very light in coloration.