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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Fish & Wildlife > Wildlife Resources > Animals > Barn Owl > Barn Owl Nest Cam Barn Owl Nest Cam

The barn owls on this webcam have been living in a DNR-built nest box inside a metal pole barn in southern Indiana since 2009. These owls have nested every year since 2009.

In 2013, this nest was one of only 18 known barn owl nests in the state.

These owls lay their eggs in April, with hatching occurring sometime in May.

Nest boxes for barn owls have been placed by the Wildlife Diversity Program of the Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife since 1984.

Donate to the Nongame Fund to increase nesting box sites and help more than 750 nongame and endangered species throughout Indiana.

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Did You Know?

  • Barn owls are a state endangered species in Indiana.
  • Barn owls suffer from loss of habitat for finding food (large open areas of grassland, pasture, hayfields or wet meadows) and the lack of safe nesting sites.
  • The barn owl species is also known as the "monkey-faced owl."
  • Barn owls never hoot. Night calls are eerie screams or raspy hissing sounds.
  • Barn owls are found mostly in southern half of the state.
  • Barn owls hunt only at night and feed on mice, voles, shrews and even other birds.
  • Learn more about barn owls.

How can you help

You can help barn owls by building and installing a nest box in any large building, including metal pole barns and barns on working farms. The owls are tolerant of living close to humans, and will return the favor by killing as many as 1,000 voles and mice in a nesting season.

Want to build your own nestbox? Download the blueprints.