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Little Birds - Little Owl
Thursday 09 December 2010
Interested in little birds and want to know a bit more about the little owl? If so then this article on little owls will give you some great facts about how little owls live in the wild.
Characteristics of the Little Owl
The little owl are little birds of prey, in fact they are the smallest owls in Britain. You can spot these owls during the day perched on posts and telegraph poles. It has a rounded head and has a distinctively dumpy appearance. Its feathers are grey and brown speckled and it has a charming disposition.
These little birds have bright yellow eyes and white eyebrows which make them have an amusing frowning expression. When a little owl becomes agitated you will notice it bobs from side to side and flaps its wings in fast wing-beats.
Little Owl Habitat and Distribution
There are approximately between 5,800 and 11,600 pairs in the UK. You will normally find this little owl on farmland and around villages. You can find these little birds in England, Wales and southern Scotland but the population is patchy in the southwest, northeast England and southwest and central Wales.
Little Owl Breeding Habits
Little owls will use holes in trees, farm buildings or even holes in the ground such as rabbit burrows as nests. These owls also will settle in nest boxes with tunnel entrances.
How Little Owls Feed
A little owl will eat beetles, earwigs, earthworms and small mammals. In the breeding season little owls also sometimes eat little birds.
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