Tawny Owl

Name: Tawny Owl

Scientific name: Strix aluco

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 40

What are nature stars?

About: Tawny owls are our largest common owl, the familiar 'brown owl' of Britain's woodlands, also found in parks and gardens. About 40cm tall, with a big rounded head and rounded wings. Tawny owls make the familiar 'too-wit too-woo' song during the nightbut did you know this is actually a male and female owl calling to each other! The female makes the 'too-wit' sound and the male answers with 'too-woo'!

How to identify: Unmistakeable.

Where: Widespread, but absent from Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 70
  • Agility: 40
  • Rarity: 60
  • Cute factor: 70
  • Traveller: 40

Fantastic fact: Tawny owls can famously turn their head right the way round to be able look directly behind them.

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc

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