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Little Owl

(Athene noctua)
German name(s): "Steinkauz"
Size: 23-27.5 cm; wing span 55-60 cm
Weight: 180 g (average)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Little Owl at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "indigena"

This race is also called the "South-east European Little Owl".


Sex unknown

Near-lateral view of an adult Little Owl at the entrance to its nest hollow (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[June 2018]


Lateral view of a fledgling Little Owl on one of its first outings, still close to the nest hollow; this bird may not be able to fly yet (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[June 2018]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Mar - June Eggs: 3 - 4 Incubation period: 29 - 31 days Fledging age: 7 - 9 weeks

Young Little Owls leave the nest at about 7 weeks of age, before they can fly (1-2 weeks later). They usually have one brood per season; only in times of abundance there can be two (in which case a pair's breeding season is much longer than usual).

Nest building: ? Incubation: Female Dependent care: Female & male


Type: Tree hollow, tunnel, crevace Material: N/A Height above ground: 1 - ? m

Little Owls do not line their nests.

Lateral view of an adult Little Owl at the entrance to its nest hollow looking at the observer (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[June 2018]


Size: 36 x 30 mm Colour: Satin white Shape: Elliptical

Little Owls have a preference for earth worms, but will also take other small prey.

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