Tawny Owl

Tawny Owl

Tawny Owl

Did You Know?

The Tawny Owl is roughly the size of a pigeon.

All about Tawny Owl

Order:
Strigiformes
Family:
Strigidae
Group:
Strix
Lifespan:
Up to 30 years
Gestation:
28 to 30 days incubation, 2 to 3 eggs
Habitat:
Woodlands, forests and towns
Diet:
Carnivore - Small mammals, birds, worms, beetles and amphibians
Conservation Status:
Least Concern

Fun Facts!

The Tawny Owl Strix aluco has a rounded body and head, with a ring of dark feathers around its face surrounding their dark eyes. It is mainly reddish brown above and paler underneath.

It is a widespread breeding species in England, Wales and Scotland but not found in Ireland. Birds are mainly residents with established pairs probably never leaving their territories. Their characteristic courtship ‘twit-twooo’ is actually a duet between male and female.

The tawny owl is nocturnal so it is often heard calling at night, but much less often seen. In the daytime, you may see one only if you disturb it inadvertently from its roost site in woodland up against a tree trunk or among ivy.

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