Tawny Owl

This nocturnal bird of prey hunts mainly rodents, usually by dropping from a perch to seize its prey, which it swallows whole; in more urban areas its diet includes a higher proportion of birds. Vision and hearing adaptations and silent flight aid its night hunting. The Tawny is capable of catching smaller owls, but is itself vulnerable to the Eagle Owl or Northern Goshawk. Red Foxes are an important cause of mortality in newly fledged young.

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The Tawny Owl is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) is a stocky, medium-sized owl commonly found in woodlands across much of Eurasia. Its underparts are pale with dark streaks, and the upperparts are either brown or grey. Several of the eleven recognised subspecies have both variants. The nest is typically in a tree hole where it can protect its eggs and young against potential predators. This owl is non-migratory and highly territorial. Many young birds starve if they cannot find a vacant territory once parental care ceases. More

The Tawny Owl is a robust bird, 37–43 cm (14.5–17 in) in length, with an 81–96 cm (32–38 in) wingspan. Its large rounded head lacks ear tufts, and the facial disc surrounding the dark brown eyes is usually rather plain. The nominate race has two morphs which differ in their plumage colour, one form having rufous brown upperparts and the other greyish brown, although intermediates also occur. The underparts of both morphs are whitish and streaked with brown. More

Hunting & Food: Tawny Owls hunt almost entirely at night, usually waiting quietly on a perch, watching and listening. After detecting a prey animal moving in the grass, the Owl glides down or drops onto it and, at the moment of impact, extends its wings to cover the victim, which is usually killed immediately by the powerful feet and claws. Sometimes a blow from the beak at the base of the victim's skull is also used. More

The Tawny Owl flies with long glides on rounded wings, less undulating and with fewer wingbeats than other Eurasian owls, and typically at a greater height. As with most owls, its flight is silent due to its feathers' soft, furry upper surfaces and a fringe on the leading edge of the outer primaries. Its size, dumpy shape and broad wings distinguish it from other owls found within its range; Great Grey, Eagle and Ural Owls are similar in shape, but much larger. More

The Tawny Owl, or Brown Owl, is known in many countries of Europe—Lapland, Norway, and Scandinavia generally, Russia, the Crimea, Spain, Turkey, Portugal, Italy, and others; as also in Asia Minor, Palestine, Greece, Roumelia, and Japan. So too in Africa, in Algeria and Tetuan. One is mentioned by Bishop Stanley as having alighted on the main-top-gallant yard of a ship he was on board of in the Mediterranean, at a distance of eighty miles from land. More

The Tawny Owl is found throughout Britain (with the exception of Ireland), most of Europe & Russia (though not the more northerly regions) through to Asia & China & some of the north of Africa. The earliest records of Tawny Owls in Britain date back to the Ice Ages. There are 12 sub-species of the Tawny Owl, those inhabitat the more northerly regions are anywhere up to 12% larger & 40% heavier than the sub-species native to the UK (Strix aluco sylvatica). More

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Deane Lewis gives a long and very good account of the Tawny Owl on his Owl Pages website; here's the page. Detailed and accurate, though those who've been through this site will know that I can't agree with the statement that the male makes the kewick call, and imho loud kewick ("coo-wik") calls by females in most cases do not express aggression - usually she's calling loudly in an attempt to find her mate, who she may have lost contact with. More

("Survival rates of Tawny Owls (Strix aluco) were estimated using recapture and recovery data from approximately 20,000 nestling and adult owls ringed between 1980 and 1999 in southern Finland. ... ") Galeotti and Sacchi (2003) Abstract only Differential parasitaemia in the Tawny Owl (Strix aluco): effects of colour morph and habitat. Paolo Galeotti and Roberto Sacchi Journal of Zoology vol. 261 (2003), 91-9. View abstract here. More

The diet of the Tawny Owl Strix aluco, Linnaeus 1758, was studied via pellet analysis from 3 localities: Zvezdara (Belgrade), and the caves of Potpeć and Petnica. A wide diversity of small mammals were found in both samples, with a total amount of 387 prey items belonging to Vertebrates, as well as an undetermined number of Invertebrates, belonging to orders of Lumbriculidae (Annelida, Oligochaeta), Coleoptera and Odonata (Arthropoda, Insecta). The most abundant among prey items were rodent species, especially mice and dormice. More

The tawny owl is an owl the size of a pigeon. It has a rounded body and head, with a ring of dark feathers around its face surrounding the 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. Young birds disperse from breeding grounds in autumn. More

Tawny Owl determination Similar species Strigidae Boreal Owl | Eagle-Owl | Great Grey Owl | Hawk Owl | Little Owl | Long-Eared Owl | Marsh Owl | Pygmy-Owl | Scops-Owl | Short-eared Owl | Snowy Owl | Tawny Owl | Ural Owl | source: Paul C. More

The Tawny Owl is the UK's largest breeding owl. The current UK population estimated at between 15,000 - 40,000 pairs, though some estimates but the population at 350,000 during winter. One aid to avoiding persecution, is the fact that it is largely nocturnal, making hunting difficult. It is very adaptable to changing circumstances & habitats, though the prevalence of Dutch Elm Disease reducing its nesting sites did take some toll. The use of pesticides had remarkably little affect on the population. More

The Tawny Owl's retina has about 56,000 light-sensitive rod cells per square millimetre (36 million per square inch); although earlier claims that it could see in the infrared part of the spectrum have been dismissed, it is still often said to have eyesight 10 to 100 times better than humans in low-light conditions. However, the experimental basis for this claim is probably inaccurate by at least a factor of 10. More

underside, the tawny owl has dark eyes within a rusty facial disk. In flight it is dumpy with short broad wings and a short tail which helps it to manoeuvre through the trees when hunting in its woodland habitat. Tawny owls are happy to live close to people in cities and towns, as well as in the countryside. More

Tawny OwlThe Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) is a species of owl resident in much of Europe and southern Russia. This species is a part of the larger grouping of owls known as typical owls, Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. The other grouping is the barn owls, Tytonidae. This is a medium-sized earless owl, 37-43 cm in length with a 81-96 cm wingspan. It is capable of killing prey such as Brown Rats. It is largely nocturnal and very sedentary. More

tawny owl is the most common and widespread owl in Europe and perhaps the commonest raptor in Britain. It is the owl of fairy tales, whose tu-whit, tu-whoo of the night has become part of out literary heritage. More

png Tawny owl on Wikipedia.Wikipedia * Wikispecies-logo.svg Strix aluco on Wikispecies. Wikispecies: Strix aluco * Commons-logo.svg Strix aluco on Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia Commons: Strix aluco Retrieved from "http://en.wiktionary. More

vues paulcking — 25 juin 2007 — A Tawny Owl seen using a nest-box at the Bradford Orinthological Group reserve at Stockbridge, Keighley paulcking — 25 juin 2007 — A Tawny Owl seen using a nest-box at the Bradford Orinthological Group reserve at Stockbridge, KeighleyCatégorie : Animaux Tags :Tawny Owl Keighley bird wildlife Chargement… J'aime Enregistrer dans Partager E-mail Skyrock Facebook Twitter MySpace Live Spaces Blogger orkut Buzz reddit Digg Chargement… Connectez-vous ou inscrivez-vous dès maintenant ! Publier un commentaire Commentaires les mieux notés More

The Tawny Owl is Britain's most common woodland owl, though absent from Ireland. This plump owl has variable plumage, ranging from red-brown to grey-brown plumage dappled with buff, which is perfect camouflage for roosting in trees during the daytime and at night is becomes just a silhouette, and so you are more likely to hear it. The hooked bill is a greenish-yellow and the eyes are black. The legs and feet are feathered. More

vues paulcking — 19 novembre 2008 — A Tawny Owl seen in woodland in North Yorkshire. paulcking — 19 novembre 2008 — A Tawny Owl seen in woodland in North Yorkshire. More

Tawny Owl (in Brownies) → Helferin f → der Wichtelmuttertawny owl n → allocco - tawny owl n → allocco How to thank TFD for its existence? Tell a friend about us, add a link to this page, add the site to iGoogle, or visit webmaster's page for free fun content. More

Tawny Owls have large eyes, which help them see small animals in the darkness. The large deep brown eyes stare out from a round face. They have sharp talons (claws) with which they catch their prey. Their legs are short, and covered with feathers. They also have sharp beaks, which they use to rip flesh. The females are slightly larger than the males. More

Tawny Owl calls of fledged young and adult female Strix aluco (0:31) Niels Krabbe XC25693 24-05-1982, Denmark Tawny Owl call Strix aluco (0:22) Niels Krabbe XC25906 02-05-1988, Denmark Tawny Owl call Strix aluco (0:47) Niels Krabbe XC25920 01-10-1989, Denmark Tawny Owl call (two intervals of 30 s More

Tawny Owl is one of the most commonly seen owls in western Europe, and with 4000 to 5000 breeding couples its curtainly the most frequently seen owl in our Danish countryside. Residental as it is, and all year remaining in its territory you can find it roosting anyday you like. More

remains of the Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) collected in Lithuania in 1997-2005 (Balciauskiene, 2006).Prediction of the body mass of the bank vole Myodes glareolus from ... by Balciauskiene, Laima; Balciauskas, Linas / Estonian Journal of Ecologyin Paris, and his colleagues have shown that female tawny owls (Strix aluco) with dark red plumage mount a more powerful response to infection than females with lighter feathers. More

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Order : Strigiformes
Family : Strigidae
Genus : Strix
Species : aluco
Authority : Linnaeus, 1758