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Little Owl

(Athene noctua)
Size: 23-27.5 cm; wing span 50-57 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

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Click here for sighting information


We have not been able to take a photo in Oman, but obtained photos of Little Owls in Europe.

Food, Diet

Like other members of the owl family, Little Owls are carnivores. They prey on large insects and other small animals.


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.

litowl_jp_20200204.m4a vidalii
Contact calls + ? © JP
litowl_jp_20190704.m4a vidalii
Alarm calls © JP
litowl_jp_20201026.m4a vidalii
? (+ 2nd unid caller) © JP

More Little Owl sound recordings are available at .

These pages are largely based on our own observations and those of our contributors. The structure of these bird pages is explained HERE. For more salient facts on any bird species please refer to a field guide.

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