Little Owls, or Athene Noctua, are found in Europe, Asia, Africa, and New Zealand.1 They like habitats that are open, like farms, orchards, and quarries. They are cavity-dwellers, whether they are natural or manmade.2&3
These owls have adapted to dry climates and can be found anywhere from sea level to 2,600 meters up. They usually weigh about 6 ounces or close to it and the females are heavier than the males. Males and females will pair up for the breeding season which starts in February and goes through May. After they have their offspring, most pairs will split up, but some will stay together.3
Little Owls eat several types of prey:3
- Mammals – especially rodents
- Invertebrates – especially insects and earthworms
They are in turn preyed upon by many other species, including:3
- Tawny Owls
- Eagle Owls
- Peregrine Falcons
Overall, however, Little Owls are considered of Least Concern, according to the IUCN.2 They also were the owl associated with the goddesses Athena and Minerva, and so were considered symbols of wisdom.1
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