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Barn owl caught in school in Dindigul

RARE VISITOR: The Barn owl, which was caught by the students in MSP Solai Nadar Higher Secondary School in Dindigul on Monday.

RARE VISITOR: The Barn owl, which was caught by the students in MSP Solai Nadar Higher Secondary School in Dindigul on Monday.  

Staff Reporter

DINDIGUL: Students of MSP Solai Nadar Higher Secondary School caught a barn owl that hid in one of the classrooms in the school on Monday. Later, it was handed over to forest officials. School authorities said that students spotted the bird in a classroom and informed the teachers. Later, school officials caught the bird and kept it safely in a carton box. Later, they informed to the Forest officials who came and picked up the rare visitor.

After inspecting the condition of bird, District Forest Officer (Dindigul Range), Sri Vaigai Mani Shankar said the bird is technically known as `Tyto Alba', which is found in Australia, US, Europe and Asia.

It feeds on small ground mammals and rodents. The normal length of the bird is 32 to 40 cm.

Upper parts of this pale bird are light grey with numerous fine dark lines. Scattered pale spots on the feathers, buff markings on the wings and on the back, yellow feet, brown mark on the front of eyes, white beak and yellowish-white to brownish feet are its other features. Both male and female are similar in colour.

The DFO said that details of the barn owl would be conveyed to Vandalur zoo authorities in Chennai.

Later, the owl would be sent to that zoo.

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