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Conservation Status

Conservation Status - Least Concern

Terry the Tawny Owl

(Strix aluco)

About Terry

When we were asked to collect Terry from the vets we were unsure of which type of owl we were collecting. We were told he had been injured by a car near Grantham and had a poorly wing. He was extremely aggressive towards everyone very defensive and it took 2 months to calm him down. His wing is very badly broken and he is not going to be able to fly again. Not flying is a setback however, Terry has become an extremely fast runner and makes us chase him around his aviary. He likes nothing better than to relax on his branch in the sun.

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.