Owls (Tytonidae)
Species
Owls vary greatly in size, from the tiny Pygmy Owl to the huge Eagle Owl. They are perfectly adapted noctural predators, although not all owls hunt at night. They are large-headed, short-necked birds with rounded wings and short tails. Most perch upright, and have grey or brown feathers to merge with their background during the day.
 
There are 130 species worldwide. Twelve species breed in Europe.
 
Species seen but not photographed:
  • Tawny Owl : Berkshire (June 2008)
  • Little Owl : Spain (November 2018)
  • Short-eared Owl : Berkshire (February 2018)
  • Scops Owl : Bulgaria (June 2014)