Little Owl

Latin Name Athene noctua
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae
IUCN status Least concern
Habitat Open land with trees and bushes, parks, pastures,steppes, semi-deserts
Distribution W.Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Central Asia, to China and Manchuria

General Information

Little owls were introduced into the UK in the 19th century and are now listed as a native species. Although they are not globally threatened numbers in
Europe have been decreasing over recent years. The reason is as yet unknown.

Little owls are crepuscular hunting their small prey at dawn and dusk and can
be seen sitting on fences or branches with a distinctive head bobbing action.

Fun Fact

Unusually for an owl they also known eat to plant material and berries.

Keeper Notes

The Little Owls are a breeding pair - Clover and her mate Trefoil. Over the last few years they have successfully raised clutches of four-five owlets.

In 2011, we had a very young, wild rescue little owlet arrive, it was the same age as their owlets, the decision was made to see if the pair would surrogate the owlet as their own. It was a great success, they fed the owlet up well and it was released in the summer months, back to where it was originally found.