Tawny Owl

Latin Name Strix aluco
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae
IUCN status Least concern
Habitat Semi open mixed and deciduous woodlands, gardens, parks
Distribution Europe. NW Africa to Siberia, Asia Minor, Middle East to East China

General Information

This adaptable owl is the most common owl in the UK. It is a medium size owl with no ear tufts. Tawny owls hunt nocturnally across their range for small mammals, birds, frogs and insects.

The female may have up to 9 eggs which once hatched fledge at about 3 weeks but remain with their parents for 2 to 3 months.

Fun Fact

Young tawny owls are just balls of grey fluff with huge round eyes. Each year we take in young abandoned Tawnies and release them back into the wild when they are fully grown.

Keeper Notes

In the past we have bred tawny owls. One of our tawnies enjoys sitting in the tree at the front of his aviary and is well camouflaged - so he can be difficult to spot.