Boreal Owl

Aegolius funereus

(A. f. caucasicus)

Armenian Name: Թավշաոտ բու
Species Status: Endangered Species - Species of Special Concern
Boreal Owl

See Plate 35 for Boreal Owl and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Rare
Length:24-26 cm, Wing Span:54-62 cm
Distribution Map: Map 186.
Description: Dark owl with large squarish head.
Adult: Dark brown overall; spotted with white above, especially on crown. Facial discs narrowly edged in black and heavily mottled with brown. Eyes and bill yellow.
Juvenile: Dark brown with white spots near bill, few white spots on wings.
Similar Species: Differs from Little Owl by darker squarish head, coloration of facial discs, and black "eyebrows".
Behavior: Nocturnal. Song is a series of 5-7 low-pitched notes, audible up to 2 kilometers.
Habitat: Mountain forest.
Food: Rodents and birds.
Nest: Cavity in tree.
Eggs: 33 mm, 3-7, white.