Barn Owl - Irruption?

To: Alan Gillanders <>
Subject: Barn Owl - Irruption?
From: Storm <>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2011 19:39:48 +1000
Hi Alan

My knowledge of raptors is limited to how to pick them up without further 
damaging them or me.

>From that very limited knowledge base, the feet are the killing bits. The beak 
>is for dismembering the prey? 

If that's the case then I can't see that a young bird wouldn't adapt to a 
crossed beak without any problems and have as good a chance as any other young 
barn owl. 

Hopefully some one more appropriately qualified will give you their view. 



On 14/09/2011, at 7:06 PM, "Alan Gillanders" <> 

> Storm,
> I have noticed that the top bill of the young barn owl in my garden is not 
> straight. The bills do not seem to match at any visible point. Do you, or 
> anyone else, care to comment on the likelihood of its being able to feed 
> itself.
> Regards,
> Alan 

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