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TAWNY OWL
Strix aluco

Overview: 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. Birds are mainly residents with established pairs probably never leaving their territories. This owl will start to call at dusk, but will not start feeding until it is quite dark.

Nesting:
Holes in trees or buildings, may occasionally use an old crows nest.

Where to see them:
The Tawny owl will most likely be seen as it flies past at night as it hunts for its food. If you are very lucky you may see one during the day as it roosts in large trees in the woodland sat against the trunk.

When to see them: They are present all year, but the best chance of seeing them is in spring, when they are busy feeding young and the trees are not yet in full leaf.

What they eat: Small mammals and rodents, small birds, frogs, fish, insects and worms.

Length:       37-39 cm 

Wing Span: 95-105 cm 

Weight:       330-600 g

Present:      All Year

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