Little Owl

Athene noctua - Chevêche d'Athéna

Systematics
  • Order 
    :

    Strigiformes

  • Family
    :

    Strigidés

  • Genus
    :

    Athene

  • Species
    :

    noctua

Descriptor

Scopoli, 1769

Biometrics
  • Size
    : 23 cm
  • Wingspan
    : 54 à 58 cm.
  • Weight
    : 150 à 200 g
Longevity

16 years

Geographic range

Distribution

Description identification

Little Owl (Athene noctua) is a species of bird in the Strigidae family.

Subspecific information 13 Subspecies

  • Athene noctua vidalii (w Europe)
  • Athene noctua noctua (c, s and se Europe to nw Russia)
  • Athene noctua indigena (Romania to Greece through Ukraine and Turkey east to s Russia)
  • Athene noctua lilith (Cyprus, s Turkey to Iraq and the Sinai. Egypt.)
  • Athene noctua bactriana (Iraq and Azerbaijan to Pakistan and nw India)
  • Athene noctua orientalis (ne Kazakhstan, nw China)
  • Athene noctua ludlowi (Himalayas)
  • Athene noctua impasta (wc China)
  • Athene noctua plumipes (Mongolia, sc Siberia and ne China)
  • Athene noctua glaux (coastal n Africa to sw Israel)
  • Athene noctua saharae (Morocco to w Egypt, c Arabia)
  • Athene noctua spilogastra (e Sudan, Eritrea and ne Ethiopia)
  • Athene noctua somaliensis (e Ethiopia and Somalia)

Foreign names

  • Chevêche d'Athéna,
  • Mochuelo Europeo,
  • Mocho-galego,
  • Steinkauz,
  • Kuvik,
  • Steenuil,
  • Civetta comune,
  • Minervauggla,
  • Kirkeugle,
  • kuvik obyčajný,
  • sýček obecný,
  • Kirkeugle,
  • minervanpöllö,
  • mussol comú,
  • Kattugla,
  • pójdźka (zwyczajna),
  • mājas apogs,
  • čuk,
  • Домовый сыч,
  • コキンメフクロウ,
  • 纵纹腹小鸮,
  • 縱紋腹小鴞,

Voice song and cries

Habitat

Savanna : Dry ; Shrubland : Boreal, Subtropical/Tropical Dry, Mediterranean-type Shrubby Vegetation ; Grassland : Temperate ; Artificial/Terrestrial : Arable Land, Pastureland, Rural Gardens, Urban Areas

Geographic range

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