Wildwood Group
Wildwood Group
Wildwood Group

Tawny Owl

Strix aluco

The tawny owl is a woodland bird which roosts high in the branches by day, flying lower to sit in ambush closer to the ground at night, watching and listening to the woodland floor for a movement or rustle in the leaves which betrays a mouse.

Tawnys have short stubby wings to cope with the tree obstacles in their home range and their brown and white feathers camouflage them brilliantly against the tree bark. Our tawnys usually perch on top of their roosting posts, but during the mating season (October – March), they can become very affectionate and will sit together on a branch, preening and grooming each other’s heads.