Tawny Owl

Strix aluco

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RANGE: Europe and parts of Asia

HABITAT: Woods gardens farmland parks even towns. Breed in holes in trees.

SIZE: 45 cms

DIET: Small mammals e.g. shrews and voles.

CONSERVATION STATUS: A common European owl.

NOTES: Wavering,  soft song 'hooooo' (never quite the same twice) and  cry of 'keee-wik' are unforgettable heard on cold winter nights. Usually heard rather than seen as nocturnal. Dark large eyes adapted to night hunting. Nests in hole in tree. Colour varies from brown to grey. Mottled plumage. No ear tufts.

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