Very big (L 60 cm), washed-out owl with long tail. Breeds sparsely, locally more commonly in coniferous and mixed forest, in central Europe also in beech forest. Food consists mainly on small rodents, which are captured in clearings, glades and other open terrain. Numbers fluctuate to a lesser extent than with other small rodents specialists, which suggests that various birds constitute an alternative food source during poor rodent years. Resident.
Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The main threat is the deterioration of habitat.
yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor
6,000 / 8,000 pairs
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