Little Owl (Athene noctua)

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This small owl was introduced to the UK in the 19th century. It can be seen in the daylight, usually perching on a tree branch, telegraph pole or rock. It will bob its head up and down when alarmed. In flight it has long, rounded wings, rapid wingbeats and flies with a slight undulation.

Where does it live?


Found mainly on alowland farmland- gricultral ground - with trees, hedges, copses and orchards. Likes fruit trees and pollarded trees which are more likely to have nest holes.


Similar to breeding habitats.

Where to see it

Found in England and Wales with a few in southern Scotland. It likes lowland farmland with hedges and copses, parkland and orchards. Most common in central, southern and south eastern England, and the Welsh borders.

What does it eat?

Small mammals and birds, beetles and worms.

What does it sound like?

Call is a sharp 'keew keew'

When to see it

All year round, during the day. It hunts at night and dawn.

Similar species

Tawny owl