Tyto gigantea

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Tyto gigantea
Temporal range: Late Miocene
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Tyto gigantea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Tytonidae
Genus: Tyto
Species: T. gigantea
Binomial name
Tyto gigantea
Ballmann, 1973

Tyto gigantea is an extinct barn owl from what is now Gargano, Italy, dating back to the late Miocene. From its remains, T. gigantea is suggested to have been as large as or larger than the Eurasian eagle-owl (Bubo bubo).

Tyto gigantea tibiotarsus

It lived sympatrically with its relative, Tyto robusta, and may have preyed on the giant, cat-sized erinaceomorph, Deinogalerix.