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Hawk Owl
Surnia ulula

Map of the common names

More diurnal than other owls. Medium-sized bird (L 40 cm). In flight, like a large Sparrowhawk with long tail, small pointed wings, uniformly grey and barring breast. Often seen in clearings, along powerline lanes or similar open places in the forest, frequently perches on top of e.g. telegraph pole. Nests in hollow trees. Feeds mainly on voles. Normally sedentary, though some birds disperse up long distances.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The Hawk Owl is rare within EU. The species is extremely sensitive to man's presence in the vicinity of the next. Habitat deterioration would negatively affect the species.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
4,700 / 11,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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