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Tawny Owl

A crepuscular species, heard more often than seen.

Photograph by: 
Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group

There are no nature notes for this species



Common Name Tawny Owl
Scientific Name Strix aluco
Species Group Birds Owls
Status Restricted
Interest Level
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
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The familiar hoot during the breeding season or during the day if one is disturbed

Identification Notes
  • Surprisingly not that common in Dorset but there is not a lot of woodland in Dorset which is their preferred habitat
  • Mainly nocturnal so rarely seen, more often heard
  • May be seen at dusk hunting or sometimes they are caught in car headlights at night 
Primary Habitat
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Similar Species

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Birds Owls