Little Owl

Little Owl

Scientific name: Athene noctua

Did you know: Little Owls, known for their daytime activity, can bob their head up and down when alarmed, adding a quirky charm to their already endearing demeanour!

What Do Little Owls Look Like? (How to Identify Them)

Little Owls are known for their mottled brown and cream feathers, complemented by piercing yellow eyes. They have rounded wings, which in flight display rapid beats and a characteristic bounce. These diminutive owls are easily recognised by their ‘fluffy’ rear end.

Differences Between Male And Female Little Owls

While both male and female Little Owls share similar plumage, males are generally slightly larger. The sexual dimorphism in size is subtle, but keen observers may note the difference.

What Do Little Owls Eat?

Their diet primarily includes small mammals, birds, beetles, and worms. These owls are skilled hunters, often spotted swooping down from their perches to catch unsuspecting prey with precision.

Where Do Little Owls Live? (Including Migration Info)

Little Owls are adaptable and thrive in various habitats, including woodlands, urban areas, farmlands, and grasslands. Though introduced to the UK in the 19th century, they have become a common sight, particularly in England and parts of Wales. They are non-migratory, making the UK their permanent home.

Bird Calls & Songs (The Unique Voices of Little Owls)

Known for their distinctive whinnying trill, Little Owls are quite vocal. Their calls are more pronounced when they are alarmed, adding an auditory delight to their visual appeal.

Fun Little Owl Facts (Kid Friendly)

  • Little Owls can turn their heads as much as 270 degrees.
  • They were introduced to the UK in the 1800s.
  • Unlike most owls, they are often active during the daytime.
  • They are the smallest owls in the UK.
  • Little Owls are often seen bobbing their heads when they feel threatened.

Facts About The Little Owl

Diet: Small mammals and birds, beetles and worms.
Bird Family: Owls
Length: 21-23cm
Wingspan: 54-58cm
Weight: 140-220g
Scientific Name: Athene noctua

The Little Owl Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December