British wildlife recordings
Athene noctua : Little Owl - Strigidae
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Pinbury Park, Gloucestershire: OS Grid Reference(395500,204500)
Williams, Aubrey John
Little Owl, Athene noctua
The advertising call of the male little owl recorded at Pinbury Park, Gloucestershire. The little owl is Britain’s smallest owl and was introduced during the 19th century. Usually seen on farmland containing copses or edged with hedges and trees, this owl can be seen all through the day across England and Wales. Hunting at both dawn and dusk, little owls favour small mammals, birds, and invertebrates. Males produce a single ‘woop’ hoot, although the sharp ‘keew keew’ is the most common call to be heard. They are similar in size to a starling and can be identified by their grey-brown upperparts covered in white dots and heavily streaked front.