Eastern Barn Owl
Sounds & Calls

Eastern Barn Owl (Tyto javanica)

Eastern Barn Owl (Tyto javanica)

The Eastern Barn Owl (Tyto javanica) [is a widespread species of owl found in Australasia, the Indian subcontinent and South-east Asia. It is considered by some authorities as a subspecies of the Barn Owl (Tyto alba). In Australia, Eastern Barn Owls can be found throughout much of the mainland, favouring open country such as grasslands and rural areas, as well as open woodlands.

What does a Barn Owl sound like? Like other ‘Tyto’ owl species, Eastern Barn Owl vocalizations typically consist of a variety of rasping and screeching calls. These range from hisses, chatters to screams and squealing noises. Non-vocal sounds made by this species include bill clacking and wing claps.

Listen to Eastern Barn Owl Sounds

The audio in the video below starts with a few typical rasping screeches and is followed by some screaming and squeals of what seems to be two birds interacting. There also appears to be some soft wing claps between 0:22-0:32 . Recorded at two locations – Dryandra in south-west Western Australia and the Warrumbungles in the south-east.

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