Key information: Of the five owl species found in Cyprus, the Long-eared Owl is probably the hardest one to see. It nests in conifer trees, often using the abandoned nests of Hooded Crows and Magpies. It is very secretive and likes to roost in dense foliage, which makes it very hard to spot. It is slightly larger than the Barn Owl. It can be found in Cyprus all year round.
Length: 31 – 37 cm | Wingspan: 86 – 98 cm
Habitat: Farmland, scrub and bushes, mountains and forests
When they can be seen: All year round
What they eat: Small birds and mammals, rodents, reptiles
In Cyprus: Can be seen in forested areas, where there is open ground nearby, as well as in parks and gardens
Status: Resident breeder
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis