Little Owl - Athene noctua

Presentation

In Ancient Greece, it was considered as the bird of wisdom. It was the emblem of the goddess Athena. It displays strength of character. It has dust or sand baths. Pairs stay together and strengthen their bond every year. The Little Owl has twenty-two different cries and songs.

First chick hatched at Le Rocher des Aigles : 2003

Characteristics

CLASS : Aves
ORDER : Strigiformes
FAMILY : Strigidae
WINGSPAN : 54-58 cm
WEIGHT : Male 162-177g / Female 166-206g
CLUTCH SIZE : 3-6 eggs
INCUBATION : 28-33 days
LIFE EXPECTANCY : 10 years in the wild, 20 in captivity
DIET : insects, earthworms, small mammals and reptiles
NATURAL HABITAT : woods, hedgerows, gardens, urban parks
RANGE : Europe, South-West Asia, Maghreb

Conservation status

Conservation status info

 
Rocher des Aigles


LC : Least Concern
In France the main threats are the destruction of habitat, pollution (pesticides, poisoning especially by heavy metals and hydrocarbons which affect the hatch rate), road collisions, metal poles (they get inside but cannot get out and die imprisoned inside them), young drowning (drinking troughs) and chimneys where they can become trapped.