Tawny Owl

The Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) is a stocky, medium-sized owl which is common in woodlands across much of Eurasia. Its underparts are pale with dark streaks, and the upperparts are brown or grey.

The nest is typically in a tree hole, and eggs and young are fiercely defended against predators. This owl is non-migratory and highly territorial, and many young starve if they cannot find a vacant territory once parental care ceases.

Image credit: K.-M. Hansche