Data released on May 22, 2014
The Barn Owl (Tyto alba guttata (Brehm, 1831)) is the most widespread bird of its kind found almost anywhere in the world except in polar and desert regions, and is also referred to as the Common Barn Owl. Contrary to other owls, the Barn Owl does not hoot but produces an ear-shattering scream-like sound.
These data have been produced as part of the Avian Phylogenomics Project . DNA was collected from a female breed in the laboratory of Eric Knudsen at Stanford, USA (tissue sample provided by Alex Goddard). We sequenced the 1.6Gb genome to a depth of approximately 27X.
The assembled scaffolds of high quality sequences total 1.14G, with the contig and scaffold N50 values of 13K and 51K respectively. We identified 13613 protein-coding genes with a mean length of 13.8kb.