Barn owl

Barn owl

Latin name: Tyto alba

A Cry in the Night!

  • The flight of this bird is perfectly silent. This gives it two main advantages: the improbability of being heard by its preys and low sound interference when detecting its preys in flight. 
  • Its heart-shaped facial disc acts somewhat like a satellite dish: ambient noises are captured by the heart of the disc to then be directed towards the ears. It is the only bird capable of hunting in complete darkness. 
  • It can emit a variety of sounds but does not hoot like the majority of owls.  It can however produce an unnerving rasping screech.  
  • In another era, it was used to exorcise or attract demons. It was nailed to one's barn doors to ward off bad luck, or to the neighbor's to bring him bad luck. 
  • The diminution in the quantity of its preys, notably due to the spreading of pesticides, and the loss of spaces appropriate for nesting, are becoming more and more problematic for this species.
  • Distribution Almost world-wide
  • Habitat Fields
  • Diet Carnivore
  • Status Least concern
  • Zoo Zone Village

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Testimonials

Our whole family attended yesterday. It was absolutely spectacular. We had a fantastic time! Thanks for the memories!

Samantha Hope

Amazing place to take the family! Lots of animals to see, amazing water park and fun rides. Great packages available with hotels close by for out of town visitors. Highly recommend!

Paul Winch

What a great time. Would definitely go again. The zoo care takers are amazing at what they do and so friendly. I would recommend if you have never gone it's a bucket list. Oh and don't forget to go and pet the sting rays.

Jamie Krichtoff

We love going to the zoo. (…) Most of the animals were out and the grandkids were thrilled. I'd never been to the Dinozoo before and I thought it was pretty cool especially with the movement and sounds. The design is great in that it's seperated and all goes back to the center.

Stephen Eyton-Jones

We had an excellent time! We have not been in over 10 years and are so glad we went! The park is clean. The food was well priced for a theme park. We loved the Dinozoo! We have terrible French speaking abilities but appreciated your courteous and friendly staff, we felt welcome!

Bonnie Diane

Amazing place. Perfect for the whole family. They constantly improve their environments and animals collection.

Boris Kosov

It's the 3rd year in a row that my family and I visit this Zoo. Even though it was during the busiest day they had this year, we were able to visit everything and fully enjoy the experience. Don't forget to bring your bathing suit cause they have an amazing wave pool!

Éric Trudel

A good place for family outing with zoo, water park and rides all at one place. All the attractions are conveniently placed very close to each other. Food court is good too and you can also bring in your lunch.

Anand Bharadwaj Aryasomayajula

First time visiting here on our annual summer week in Québec. We went for the 2 day family pass, and had an amazing time. The 2 days allowed us to take our time around the park, and gave plenty of time as well for cooling off at the Amazoo. We'll definitely come back!

JR Bélanger

Our family absolutely enjoyed our day! There was so much to do! Park was very clean and staff was very friendly and helpful with any questions!!! We plan on going next year and making it a weekend trip so that we can enjoy the whole park!

Crystal Wilson

I had an amazing time here with my family! My kids absolutely loved it. Amazing experience :)

Mario Sevo