Owls are charismatic and exceptionally well-loved characters, and have always held a special place in our folklore and legends. Their nocturnal habits mean few of us have been lucky enough to see them up close.
Five species of owl currently live in Britain--the Tawny, Barn, Little, Long-eared and Short-eared Owls--and each of them, as well as their relatives abroad, are introduced here in detail alongside top quality color photographs and fascinating behavioral images, which will delight and inform the whole family.
The book begins with a look at owls in general then examines the five British species in more detail. It discusses their evolutionary history and distribution around the world. Their anatomy and adaptations are examined, as well as their natural behaviors including hunting, nesting and mating practices. Next, we are introduced to their life cycles, beginning as eggs, moving onto fledging and independence, migration, and finally death. Marianne also includes a discussion of conservation as it affects owls, and owls' unique relationships with humans and our culture.
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Table of Contents
Meet the Owls 4
Anatomy and Adaptations 16
Territory, Competition and Migration 42
Diet and Hunting 56
Pairing and Breeding 68
Life and Death 86
Owl Conservation 100
Owls in Culture 114
Further Reading and Resources 125
Image Credits 126