Pepper is a Female Black Barn Owl (Tyto Alba) Pepper has melanism - a 100,000-to-one gene mutation that makes her the opposite to an albino. Black owls are usually killed as chicks by their mothers who reject their colouring. Pepper is much stronger than the typical Barn Owls whereas albino is weaker and has a bad immune system. If she was in the wild she would be dead within 12 hours as being black, she would be mobbed by other Owls.
Black Barn Owl (Tyto Alba)