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Athene noctua


The Little Owl is a small owl, 23-27.5 cm in length. The adult Little Owl of the most widespread form, the nominate A. n. noctua, is white-speckled brown above, and brown-streaked white below. It has a large head, long legs, and yellow eyes, and its white “eyebrows” give it a stern expression. This species has a bounding flight like a woodpecker. Juveniles are duller, and lack the adult's white crown spots. The call is a querulous kee-ik.


The Little Owl (Athene noctua) is a bird which is resident in much of the temperate and warmer parts of Europe, Asia east to Korea, and north Africa. It is not native to Great Britain, but was first introduced in 1842,[1] by Thomas Powys and is now naturalised there. It was also successfully introduced to the South Island of New Zealand in the early 20th century.


The day we made it free, after his recuperation.

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arlanda 5 years ago

Nice spotting!

KarenL 8 years ago

How lovely to be able to release this little guy back into the wild! Were you involved in its rehabilitation Marina? I'd love to know his story!

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Comunidad Valenciana / Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Spotted on Jul 16, 2011
Submitted on May 4, 2012

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