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Tawny Owl

(Strix aluco)
Alternate name(s):
German name(s): "Waldkauz"

Size: 37-46 cm; wing span 80-105 cm
Weight: 385-800 g


Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Tawny Owl at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "aluco"

Grey morphology


Sex unknown

Lateral view of a Tawny Owl (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Vlasina Lake, Serbia, October 2019]

Rufous morphology


Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Tawny Owl (photo courtesy of G. Normand)
[Parc de la Poudrerie, Vaujours, Seine-Saint-Denis, France, January 2021]


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

tawnowl_jp_20200202.m4a aluco
Contact calls © JP

More Tawny Owl sound recordings are available at .

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