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About the Tawny Owl

Also known as: Brown Owl

The Tawny Owl is a medium-sized species of owl found in parts of Eurasia. It prefers a woodland habitat and is non-migratory throughout its range.

The Tawny Owl is also known as the Brown Owl. This pretty owl is recognized by its tawny brown striped body, large round head lacking ear tufts, and big brown eyes. The Tawny Owl is primarily nocturnal.

Tawny Owls are birds of prey. They most often hunt from a perched position. The species feeds mainly on rodents but will also take insects and other birds.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 14 May 2015
Scientific Name Strix aluco
  • Strigiformes
  • Strigidae
  • Strix
  • S. aluco
Birdorable Family Owls
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 13 July 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
15 to 18 inches
32 to 41 inches
13.5 to 28 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia North Africa

International Names

  • 灰林鸮 (Chinese)
  • puštík obecný (Czech)
  • Natugle (Danish)
  • Bosuil (Dutch)
  • lehtopöllö (Finnish)
  • Chouette hulotte (French)
  • Waldkauz (German)
  • Allocco comune (Italian)
  • モリフクロウ [morifukurou] (Japanese)
  • 올빼미 (Korean)
  • Kattugle (Norwegian)
  • puszczyk zwyczajny (Polish)
  • Coruja-do-mato (Portuguese)
  • Неясыть обыкновенная серая (Russian)
  • Cárabo Común (Spanish)
  • Kattuggla (Swedish)

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The Tawny Owl is also known as the Brown Owl. The species is found across Eurasia. This pretty owl is recognized by its tawny brown striped body, large and round tuftless head, ... more