Prey is mostly caught by swooping down from a perch, with larger animals snatched with the feet, and smaller victims taken using the bill.
Surprisingly, given the typical carnivorous diet of owls, the little owl also seems to deliberately take insects like beetle larvae and grasshoppers. Food is sometimes hoarded by this species, with some caches containing as many as 30 items for later consumption. The little owl breeds between March and August, and forms monogamous pairs, which remain together for at least a year and possibly until one of the birds dies.
DID YOU KNOW? The Little owl is now Britain's smallest owl species.
- Least Concern
- Near Threatened
- Critically Endangered
- Extinct in the Wild