Eastern Barn Owl (Tyto javanica)
Jurong Island, 4th May 2016

This photo of a dead Eastern Barn Owl, likely to have died after crashing into a building, was shared by Lim Kim Chuah to the Bird Sightings group on Facebook.

The Barn Owl has traditionally been considered to be a single, cosmopolitan species (Tyto alba), but it has recently been split into several species; the populations found in Singapore are considered to belong to what is now known as the Eastern Barn Owl (Tyto javanica), which encompasses the Barn Owls in Peninsular Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, and parts of the South Pacific.

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A very disturbing sight and moment…

Came across this poor (dead) Barn Owl (Tyto alba) while doing my daily birding yesterday… Apparently its neck was entangled by a nylon string and that string got stuck on a barn box stand while in flight and that’s how it ended the poor fella’s life.

Accident (rubbish) or intentional (sadist act)… I don’t know… but what’s in my mind now… shame on us (humans).

Source: Lawrence Tan, on Singapore Birders Facebook Group

Finally got to examine the Barn Owl (Tyto alba) personally – man, it’s HUGE. Compared to all the birds I’ve picked up so far anyway.

Neck definitely seems snapped, so cause of death might have been a collision. Dad says it was still clutching some branches when found though?

Source: Sean Yap Instagram

Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Sungei Buloh, 7th October 2014

A piece of a bird’s wing was found on one of the trails in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. It was subsequently identified as belonging to a Barn Owl.

This is why I hate glue traps as a form of rodent control – it’s too easy to end up catching some other animal.

Honey, the Barn Owl, was another victim of the cruel and horrible glue traps used in Singapore. Whether a rat or a lizard or a raptor gets stuck to the glue, they take a very painful road to death! Honey did not make it through despite efforts from our team and the care from the Jurong Bird Park.

Source: Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES) Facebook

As someone commented on the photo, the sad irony is that this owl would probably have done a better job of pest control than the glue board that killed it.