Medium size owl, with heart shaped ashy-grey facial disk Similar in appearance to some of the darker Barn Owl, yellowish-brown vermiculated with dark grey or black above
The ashy-faced owl is endemic to Hispaniola,Tortuga in the Caribbean and some of the smaller islands in its vicinity (Dominican Republic).
Open country with scattered trees and bushes, often near human settlements. Also found in open forest. Ranges from lowlands to above 2000m elevation.
Feeds on small mammals such as mice and rats. Also takes small birds, frogs, reptiles and insects.
The breeding habits of this owl are not known
A rasping wheeze of 2-3 seconds duration, different from the American Barn Owl. Also utters rapid clicking trills.