Article: Creature Feature Tawny Owl
Latin Name: Strix aluco
Size: Between 37-43cm long with a
Description: Tawny’s vary in colour from grey and reddish brown to black and white streaks. They have soft feathers for soundless flight.
Distribution: They are the most common and widespread of British Owls. They are also found in Europe, North Africa, Asia, China and Russia.
Where to see them: These majestic birds are rarely seen. They prefer woodland and farmland, but are also seen in urban areas.
Diet: They eat small rodents, mammals, frogs, fish, insects and worms.
Behaviour: Tawny Owls bond for life. They are very territorial and stay in the same area for most of their life.
Reproduction: During March/April they will lay 2-4 eggs which the female will incubate. Chicks will fledge between 32-37 days.
Conservation: It is fully protected under the Wildlife and Conservation Act 1981 and is in the Birds of Conservation Green List.
• Their incredible hearing can detect even the slightest rustling sounds from a rodent.
• Males make a “twit-twoo” or “ hooo-hoo-hooo” noise and females make a “kee-wick” noise.
• Tawny Owls are fiercely aggressive when they have chicks.
• There are around 50-100,000 breeding pairs in Britain.