Bird Guide - Little Owl
If you are interested in little birds or want to know some more about the little owl then this bird guide might be helpful to you. This article on the little owl will tell you about its characteristics, habitat and feeding habits.
Little Owl – How to Identify the Little Owl
The little owl is the smallest owl in Britain you will be surprised by how small these little birds of prey actually are. You stand a good chance of seeing little owls in the countryside of Britain because they come out during the day. You can often find little owls perched on posts and telegraph poles.
You can’t mistake a little owl for anything else because they are very recognisable. They have little rounded heads and an extremely dumpy appearance. Their feathers are grey and brown in colour and they have white eyebrows. Their eyes are a piercing yellow and they have a frowning expression. If a little owl is agitated then you will notice that it bobs from side to side and flaps its wings quickly.
Bird Guide – Little Owl Habitat
Little owls will live on farmland or in villages usually. You will find little owls in England, Wales and in Southern Scotland. The population of little owls is quite patchy in the southwest and northeast of England. It is believed that there are approximately between 5,800 and 11,600 pairs of little owls in the UK.
Breeding and Feeding Habits of Little Owls
Little owls like to breed in holes, these holes could be in trees, farm buildings or sometimes they even use rabbit burrows as nests. Little owls will also settle in domestic nest boxes especially if they have tunnel entrances.
For food little owls will eat beetles, earthworms, earwigs and small mammals. If it is the breeding season then little owls are also known to eat some other small birds.
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