Tawny Owl
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Strix
Species: Strix aluco
The Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) is an owl that has a distinctive call, which makes it easy to recognize them.


Tawny owls are have tawny brown back, wings and underparts, with the underparts being slightly paler, dark barring everywhere. Their bill is a yellowy-brown, their eyes dark.


Tawny owls feed on other birds, small mammals such as mice, and invertebrates.


Tawny owls often nest in trees, preferably older ones, but they have also adapted to nesting in buildings, similar to barn owls. Their eggs are white and the clutch is 2 to 9.


Tawny owls are found in most of Europe, excluding Ireland. They are also found in the north of Africa.