The Ashy-faced owl (Tyto glaucops) is quite similar to darker types of barn owl and is one of just two barn-owls (Tytonidae) present in the New World. It was once thought to be a subspecies of the Barn Owl, but is now recognised as a separate species endemic to the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic). It is one of just two barn-owls (Tytonidae) present in the New World. It resembles the widespread Barn Owl (Tyto alba), which colonized Hispaniola in the 1970's, but is much darker overall, with a gray face. The Ashy-faced Owl shares many behavioral traits with the Barn Owl, hunting for small mammals in open areas at night and nesting in hollow trees, caves, and man-made structures.
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