Egbert (formally Eglantyne before DNA testing in 2016 and now ‘Eggy’ for short) is our youngest bird having been born in November 2015. His breeder was a wildlife demonstrator and breeder in South Australia, who has since ceased breeding owls, so we were very lucky to get him. Egbert’s name derives from Old German meaning ‘bright edge’ such as that of a blade, which is what his talons have become. We were fortunate to have Eggy while he still had some chick fluff. But as he has grown, we discovered one limitation which is that he suffers from travel sickness! So, we try to limit the distance poor Eggy has to travel for any display.
Barn Owls are a truly cosmopolitan species being found on almost every continent. Because of its wide distribution, the Barn Owl is one of the best known owls in the world. They are active hunters searching on the wing for their prey. When hunting, they often fly close to the ground making them vulnerable to motor vehicle impact in the vicinity of roads.