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Little Owl Bird

Identification of Little Owl Bird

Little Owl Bird Length: 21-23cm Wingspan: 54-58cm Call: "keiw-ho!"

Little Owl Bird is a small and tubby owl, with a broad, rounded head and longish legs. Little owl bird is mid-brown all over, with whitish underparts heavily streaked brown, white spotted upperparts and long pale eyebrows that give it a frowning expression. The eyes are yellow, and it lacks the clearly defined facial disc present in other owl species. Often bobs excitedly, and the flight is bounding like that of a woodpecker.

Habitat of Little Owl Bird

Introduced into Britain from continental Europe in the late nineteenth century, it favours open country and farmland with scattered trees, quarries, hedges, copses, orchards and parkland, especially where old trees or farm buildings are available to provide roosting and nesting cavities, plus plenty of perching posts. It can also be found in marginal habitats such as cliffs, moorland and waste ground, but avoids dense vegetation and wet areas, and has a liking for semi-arid habitats, which are commonly used further east and south in its range. More terrestrial than other owls, and often encountered during the day.

Song / Call of Little Owl Bird

Quite vocal at dusk, when it uses a shrill, disyllabic, sharply descending contact call, "iil'poh" or "keiw-ho!", with a higher first syllable and a lower-pitched second syllable, vaguely similar to a shortened Curlew call. The advertising call of the Little Owl Bird (male) is a clear whistling and rather mournful hoot, again a disyllabic sound but with the second syllable rising and higher pitched than the longer first syllable, such as "U'aaaoo-uh!" or "aaaaa-uh!", repeated every 5-10 seconds. The female gives a version of this call which is flatter and less inflected, such as "Aooo-oo". Other calls are an emphatic, forced-sounding "wheowl" or "wheee'u", a wheezy "thup thup", and an alarm call of repeated sharp wheezy notes, "shi'shi'shi'shi'shi'shi" or "ik'ik'ik'ik...".