Michael Krogh

Diet of the Common Barn-owl in East-central Georgia

We investigated the contents of 590 common barn-owl (Tyto albapranticola) pellets from 5 locations in the Georgia Piedmont and 1 in the Upper Coastal Plain. Five genera of rodents, 4 insectivores, 1 lagomorph, and at least 2 bird species were identified in the pellets. Hispid cotton rats (Sigmodon hispidus) predominated in pellets at the Piedmont sites while least shrews (Cryptotisparva) were the most abundant prey species in pellets at the Coastal Plain site.