Tawny Owl (Strix aluco)
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‘Troy’

Size: Length (37-39cm/14-16in) wingspan (94-104cm/37-41in)
Status: 75,000 pairs
Habitat: Deciduous & mixed woodland, parks and large gardens.(Europe).
Reproduction: 2-4 eggs from February to June. 28-30 day incubation
Diet: Small mammals & some small birds

Raptor facts
Tawny Owls give the well known ‘tu-whit tu-whoo’ call. They
Are strictly nocturnal or ‘night time’ hunters. The oldest
Recorded wild bird lived to a staggering 19 years.

The Tawny Owl is Britain’s most numerous Owl. They even live in parks and gardens and are called ‘feathered musicians’. This is because of their lovely tu-whit-tu-whoo call they make. Listen carefully in the night. You may be closer to a Tawny Owl than you think!

This owl is strictly nocturnal and very well camouflaged against the bark of a tree. It is also very aggressive in defence of the nest turning into one tough customer even attacking humans!

The Tawny Owl has huge eyes for night vision and superb hearing aided by the facial disk. It is closely related to the Great Grey Owl but looks very different. Learn about the life of the Great Grey and see why.


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