Little Owl

Athene noctua

(A. n. indigena)

Armenian Name: Տնային բվիկ
Little Owl

See Plate 35 for Little Owl and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:21-23 cm, Wing Span:54-58 cm
Distribution Map: Map 182.
Description: Large spotted rounded head, and long legs.
Adult: Brown spotted with white above; white underparts with broad dark brown streaks.
Juvenile: Browner with denser streaking.
Similar Species: Eurasian Scops-Owl, Boreal Owl.
Behavior: Active at dawn and dusk, and often seen during daylight. Undulating flight.
Habitat: Widespread, often in suburban areas; avoids mountain peaks and dense forest.
Food: Invertebrates, small mammals, and birds.
Nest: Cavity in tree or building.
Eggs: 34 mm, 2-7, white.