The Tawny Owl
The tawny owl is common throughout Europe. Tawny owls make a hooting call and hissing noise.
The tawny owl is rarely seen, and is a nocturnal animal. His hoots are heard throughout its range to defend his territory.
The tawny owl makes its home in Europe. This gray or reddish-brown owl is a cunning and swift hunter; it has been known to catch a bat in flight.
This owl can be found throughout older forest in Europe. They will often be found on farms, in parks and cemeteries. They make their nests in older trees, where they are usually larger holes for their nest.
The tawny owl is a night owl: it does not need to see his prey, he has very sharp hearing. He will sit on his perch and listen for prey, rumbling through the forest. When he pinpoints the sounds, he swoops down and catches his prey. This owl favors small rodents, birds, worms and beetles. If he lives near a pond or creek he will also hunt fish.
The male and female tawny owls mate for life. They become sexually mature at one to two years old. At this age they will search for their mate. The male performs courtship rituals for the female. He brings the female food to win her over to him. They also groom each other as part of their courtship. When the male and female have bonded, they mate. This will take place during the breeding season between February and June.
The female lays two to five eggs. She will lay the eggs at different times, so they will hatch at intervals. She incubates the eggs for twenty eight to thirty days. While she is with the young owlets, the male hunts and protects the nest site. The owlets hatch and as soon as they are independent, at two months. They are forced to live the nest and find their own territory. Due to being forced to leave the nest so young, very few owlets survive.
The Tawny Owl’s population is stable. Pesticides are a threat but their environment is secure.