Birds A-Z

Little Owl

Athene noctua


Lars Lachmann, Xeno-canto


Key information: The Little Owl can be seen more easily than any other owl species in Cyprus, as it is active during the day too, especially at dawn and dusk. It has distinctive yellow eyes and white brows. It can often be seen sitting completely still on prominent spots like branches, poles or rocks. If it’s alarmed, it starts moving its body up and down. It has a very characteristic sharp call ‘kee-ew’ that it repeats often.

Length: 23 – 27 cm | Wingspan: 50 – 57 cm

Habitat: Farmland, scrub and bushes, towns and villages

When they can be seen: All year round

What they eat: Invertebrates, reptiles, small mammals

In Cyprus: Can be seen all over the island, in fields and farmland areas

Status: Resident breeder

Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis

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