Little Owl

Latin Name: Athene noctua

Description: A small, flat headed and short tailed owl with pale yellow eyes. It has a brownish yellow plumage with white spots and flecks.

Habitat: The little owl prefers wooded areas and orchards although it can be found in villages and city areas. This owl is often found in farmland areas.

Food: The little owl eats large insects, spiders, mice, small birds and reptiles.

Distribution: The little owl can be found throughout the British Isles all year round and is a common bird on the Continent.

Nesting: The little owl generally nests in holes in trees or holes in stone walls. Very little nesting material is used and the little owl will rarely nest in a building.

Eggs: The eggs of the little owl are white and the breeding season for the little owl is from April to June. The females lay 3-5 eggs with an incubation period of 24-28 days. The fledglings leave the nest after approximately 34 days.

Did You Know?

  • The little owl is normally active during the day and night.
  • The little owl has a variety of cries.
  • The little owl was the introduced into Great Britain in the late nineteenth century.

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