Friday, 19 June 2009

Special birds: Tengmalm's Owl

Tengmalm's Owl Aegolius funereus (aka Boreal Owl) is a scattered breeder in the region. In some years good numbers occur in older conifer forests in the Baltic States, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. It is highly localised in other areas, though numbers may be underestimated in the upland forests of the Balkan countries. As with other owls breeding numbers, and the timing of breeding, relates to prey populations. Highly nocturnal, Tengmalm's Owls are hard to find and observe away from occupied nest sites.

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