Tawny Owl

Strix aluco

(S. a. willkonskii )

Armenian Name: Անտառաբու
Species Status: Undetermined Species - Species of Special Concern
Tawny Owl

See Plate 35 for Tawny Owl and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Rare
Length:37-39 cm, Wing Span:94-104 cm
Distribution Map: Map 183.
Description: Rounded head, dark eyes. Overall color varies from gray to red-brown. Typically gray with broad dark streaking on underparts; white spots above. Bill pale. Rare dark phase is dark orange-brown overall with gray bill.
Similar Species: Differs from other owls by combination of dark eyes, rounded head, and barrel-shaped body.
Behavior: Nocturnal. Song is two hoots followed by a pause, then an extended wavering hoot.
Habitat: Deciduous woodland.
Food: Small rodents, birds.
Nest: Cavity in tree or old nest of crow or raptor.
Eggs: 47 mm, 2-5, white.