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Conservation Status

Conservation Status - Least Concern

Merlin the Tawny Owl

(Strix aluco)

About Merlin

Merlin is an average size for a tawny owl and was welcomed into our family when he was just a chick. He has grown up along side Sydney and they get on very well together. Unfortunately for Merlin, he was an orphan and needed taking care of. Merlin likes to be up high as he is a very nosy bird. At night he likes to hoot and keep everyone awake but he is still an adorable owl.

Description of the Tawny Owl

The tawny owl is about the size of a pigeon. It has a rounded body and head, with a ring of dark feathers surrounding its face. They are mainly reddish brown above and paler underneath but vary in shade some becoming grey. The tawny owl breeds throughout England, Wales and Scotland but it is not found in Ireland. The tawny owls mainly live within established pairs rarely leaving their territories. Young birds leave the breeding grounds in autumn.