Tawny Owl - Strix aluco
Strigiformes- Strix aluco
Tawny Owl, nocturnal bird of prey, which usually inhabits woodlands where, during the day time, sleeps on a branch near the trunk.
Tawny owl has a massive body 36-46 cm tall, a large head, round and frontally flattened, with plume forming, with a sunburst pattern around the dark eyes, two facial discs in order to direct and amplify the sounds, so that the bird can hear even the smallest rustle of a beetle. The binocular vision, the head which can rotate in every direction thanks to the elevated flexibility of the neck, velvety plumes and feathers with a comb-like edge for an absolutely silent flight, all are adaptations to the nocturnal lifestyle.
Tawny owl feeds on small rodents, birds, amphibians, insects. The prey is swallowed whole: the hard parts (bones, teeth, fur, exoskeleton of the insects) are regurgitated in the form of pellets (wadding) at the base of the roost or of the nest.
Tawny owl nests in tree cavities or in the walls of old country-houses.
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