Name

Merlin

Breed

Barn Owl

Scientific name

Tyto alba

About my breed

The barn owl is the most widely distributed species of owl and one of the most widespread of all birds. The beautiful barn owl is, perhaps, our most-loved owl. With its distinctive heart-shaped face, pure white feathers, and ghostly silent flight, it's easy to identify. Look out for it flying low over fields and hedgerows at dawn and dusk. Here at the Sanctuary we have 7 barn owls.

About me

Merlin came to us several years ago as the owner could no longer care for him. Like Sirus, he is shy around strangers, but he will be handled quite happily by his carers. Although his age is unknown, we believe Merlin to be an older owl, as he has recently developed Arthritis in his legs. Because of this he struggles to preen and in particular clean his face. We, therefore, have to help him by giving him little baths! As well as making sure he is clean, we administer pain relief medicine to him daily to make sure he is as comfortable as possible. Merlin does not go out in public but spends a lot of time with Nic’s dad who has developed a special bond with him.