Little Owl Athene noctua


Little Owls were introduced into England in the 19th century from mainland Europe. The generic name Athene is derived from the bird being sacred to the Goddess Athena, in whose honour the Parthenon was built. They shoot little owls in Athens; life is ironic sometimes, isn't it?

This is a drawing of a young bird, fully fledged and just about to launch itself on the world. We see these often around our house in England as they are partly diurnal, so they are active during daylight. They get used to people fairly easily and you can sometimes get quite close to them.








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