Tawny OwlThe Tawny Owl

  • Length:    37 - 39cms (14 - 16ins)
  • Wingspan: 94 - 104 cms (37 - 41 ins)
  • Weight :   0.3 - 0.58kg (11oz - 1lb 4oz)
  • Habitat :   Deciduous and mixed woodlands but will live in farmland, parks and even large gardens, provided there are trees and prey. The Tawny usually nests in hollow trees.


The Tawny Owl (also known as the Hoot Owl and Brown Owl) is Britain's most numerous owl. This prevalence is largely due to its nocturnal habits, which have given the Tawny some protection from persecution. Also its size, physical dominance, varied diet and ability to adapt to changing circumstances and exploit new habitats such as urban parkland and even large gardens, have enabled it to sustain larger numbers.

The Tawny has been relatively unaffected by pesticide poisoning, Indeed the only major problem it has experienced is the loss of some nest sites following the spread of Dutch Elm disease and several years of winter gales.

Weighing upto 0.58kg and with a wingspan of up to 104cms, the Tawny is Britain's largest mainland breeding Owl. The Tawny has an extremely varied diet which includes rodents, birds taken from night roosts and invertebrates. Some Tawny Owls have been known to take fish, frogs and other amphibians by wading in the shallows.