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BIRDS OF PREY     >     OWLS
BARN OWL.
Family : Barn Owls are classed in a separate family from other owls (Strigidae) known as Tytonidae.
Scientific Name : Tyto Alba.
Distribution : Worldwide
Habitat : Open lowland, farmland, semi-arid shrubland, marshes.
Food : Small mammals.
Wingspan : 85 - 95cm.


Barn Owl
TAWNY OWL.
Scientific Name : Strix Aluco.
Distribution : Europe, parts of Asia and North Africa.
Habitat : Mainly woodland.
Food : Varied. Small mammals, young nest bound birds, invertebrates.
Wingspan : 95 - 105cm.


Tawny Owl
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LITTLE OWL.
Scientific Name : Athene Noctua.
Distribution : Europe.
Habitat : Open country. Tend to avoid dense woodland and forest.
Food : Mainly insects.
Wingspan : 54 - 58cm.


Little Owl
LONG EARED OWL.
Scientific Name : Asio Otus.
Distribution : North America, Europe, North Africa.
Habitat : Wooded areas, forest edges, hedgerows.
Food : Small rodents, occasionally small birds.
Wingspan : 25 - 32cm.
Long Eared Owl
EUROPEAN EAGLE OWL.
Scientific Name : Bubo Bubo.
Distribution : Europe, Western Russia.
Habitat : Open woodland, uplands upto 4500m.
Food : Mammals. Typically rabbits, hare. Has been known to take foxes and roe deer.
Wingspan : 160 - 190cm.


European Eagle Owl
GREAT GREY OWL.
Scientific Name : Strix Nebulosa.
Distribution : North America, Northern Asia, parts of Scandinavia.
Habitat : Mix of dense forest and open areas.
Food : Mainly small mammals including voles, gophers, mice.
Wingspan : 140 - 150cm.


Great Grey Owl
SNOWY OWL.
Scientific Name : Nyctea scandiaca.
Distribution : Arctic tundra of North America, Europe and Asia.
Habitat : Arctic tundra, open grassland and prairie, coast.
Food : Mammals and birds including lemmings, rabbits, voles, ptarmigan, sea birds and geese
Wingspan : 140 - 165cm.


Snowy Owl
GREAT HORNED OWL.
Scientific Name : Bubo Virginianus.
Distribution : North and South America.
Habitat : Varied
Food : Small to medium sized mammals, some birds.
Wingspan : 100 -150cm.


Great Horned Owl
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BENGAL EAGLE OWL.
Scientific Name : Bubo bengalensis.
Distribution : Indian Sub-Continent.
Habitat : Wooded country, semi-desert areas.
Food : Rodents, medium sized birds, reptiles.
Wingspan : 120 -150cm.


Bengal Eagle Owl
MILKY EAGLE OWL.
Scientific Name : Bubo Lacteus.
Distribution : Sub-Saharan Africa.
Habitat : Lightly wooded country.
Food : Medium sized mammals to size of hare. Also some birds.
Wingspan : 160 - 190cm.


Milky Eagle Owl
AFRICAN SPOTTED EAGLE OWL.
Scientific Name : Bubo Africanus.
Distribution : Sub-Saharan Africa.
Habitat : Semi open woodland, scrub, savannah.
Food : Mainly large insects. Occasionally small mammals and birds.
Wingspan : 100 - 140cm.


African Spotted Eagle Owl
BOOBOOK OWL.
Scientific Name : Ninox novaseelandiae.
Distribution : Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea.
Habitat : Woodland and forest.
Food : Mainly insects.
Wingspan : 70 - 80cm.


Boobook Owl
CHACO OWL.
Scientific Name : Strix Chacoensis.
Distribution : Southern Bolivia, western Paraguay and northern Argentina.
Habitat : Dry chaco woodland .
Food : Mainly small birds and mammals. Also insects, spiders, scorpions.
Wingspan : 65 - 75cm.
Chaco Owl
MALAYSIAN WOOD OWL.
Scientific Name : Strix leptogrammica.
Distribution : India, south-east Asia.
Habitat : Forests and woodland.
Food : Small mammals and birds.
Also insects, fish.
Wingspan : 105 - 115cm.
Malaysian Wood Owl

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