Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Special birds: Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl Asio otus is very widespread in Europe and often fairly common, if somewhat ellusive at times, in good habitat. However in the countries of the east of the continent it is often a common breeding species and in winter can be found in large roosts (up to a 100 birds together is not unknown) even in urban areas. It is thought that many of the birds in such roosts are those which have moved south from the colder northern regions. The species usually raises its brood in disused corvid nests and will readily take to nest-boxes.

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