Tawny Owl – Карельский зоопарк

Tawny Owl

Class: Birds

Order: Strigiformes (Owls)

Family: Strigidae (Typical Owls)

Weight: from 400 to 640 g

Height: up to 70 cm

Body length: 30-38 cm

Coloration: Plumage is colored in a camouflage grey, resembling tree bark.

Age of sexual maturity: About one year

Incubation period: More than a month

Lifespan: Up to 20 years

Habitat range: Tall mixed and coniferous forests of Eurasia from the Atlantic to China and Japan.

Diet: The tawny owl feeds on various rodents (rats, mice), insects, frogs, moles, and small birds (sparrows, jackdaws, wagtails, redstarts).

Did you know?

  • Tawny owls can turn their heads 270° thanks to the unique anatomical structure of their cervical vertebrae.
  • Contrary to popular belief, tawny owls can see well during the day and are able to spot objects or dangers from a great distance.
  • Owls see in black and white.
  • Tawny owls are “quiet” birds. They remain silent most of the time and only during the breeding season can their calls be heard, attracting the attention of the opposite sex.