Barn Owl

Scientific Name: Tyto Alba

Height: 330mm to 430mm

Geographical Distribution: North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Southern and South-Eastern Asia, Australasia.

Habitat: Grasslands, cultivations, scrub and forest edge.

Diet: Mostly rodents; occasionally small birds, bats and other prey

Status: Widespread, locally threatened

Pictured above: Merlin (left), one of our hand-tamed Barn Owls. On the right is a female (nicknamed Buttercup) we reunited with it’s owner. You can see how she is much bigger than the male.

Tawny Owl

Scientific Name: Strix Aluco

Height: 360mm to 460mm

Geographical Distribution: Europe, Asia, North Africa, Middle East

Habitat: Mixed coniferous or deciduous woodland, woodland edge

Diet: Wide variety of prey, often opportunists

Status: Common species

Pictured Above: Moto, a hand-tame Tawny Owl at the sanctuary and on the right is our yet unnamed female.

Little Owl

Scientific Name: Athene Noctua

Height: 190mm to 230mm

Geographical Distribution: Europe, central and eastern Asia, north Africa and Middle East

Habitat: Woodland, cultivations, parks and semi-deserts

Diet: Insects and other anthropods, small reptiles, frogs, birds and earthworms

Status: Declining in localised areas

Pictured above: Bullet (left), a Little Owl at the sanctuary and Rocket on the right. That’s Claire’s hand you can see in the picture so you can see how small they really are.

European Eagle Owl

Scientific Name:Bubo Bubo

Height: 580mm to 710mm

Geographical Distribution: Europe, North Africa, Asia and Middle East

Habitat: Mountainous forest, semi-desert and rocky slopes

Diet: Large birds and a variety of small and medium sized mammals including rabbits and hares, roe deer fawns, young foxes, hedgehogs and farmyard cats. Also frogs, newts and crabs.

Status: Widespread, but scarce everywhere, locally endangered

Pictured Above: Charlie (left), a male hand-tame European Eagle Owls at the sanctuary and on the right is one of our females, Bertha. Again you can see the size difference between them.

Snowy Owl

Scientific Name: Nyctea Scandiaca

Height: 530mm to 660mm

Geographical Distribution: Arctic Regions

Habitat: Tundra, bare rocky ground.

Diet: Lemmings, rabbits, hares, rats, moles, voles, pikas, ground squirrel, pheasants, partridge, grebes and gulls.

Status: Widespread, locally frequent to very scarce.

Pictured Above: Jazz (left), our  hand-tame Snowy Owl at the sanctuary and on the right is Crystal, our female who sadly passed away in 2012.

African Spotted Eagle Owl

Scientific Name: Bubo Africanus

Height: 450mm

Geographical Distribution: Africa, south of the Sahara, Arabia

Habitat: Savanna and light woodland

Diet: Insects, small mammals and birds. Also reptiles, scorpions, crabs, snails and frogs.

Status: Frequent to scarce

Pictured Above: Sprite (left), a male African Spotted Eagle Owl at the sanctuary and his mate Zuri is on the right.


Scientific Name: Ninox Novaeseelandiae

Height: 230mm – 360mm

Geographical Distribution: Australia, including offshore islands, Lesser Sunda islands, Timor and New Guinea

Habitat: Eucalypt forests and woodlands

Diet: Small mammals, birds and invertebrates

Status: Common species