Body length: 35-40 cm
Wingspan: 85-95 cm
Body mass: 250-450 g
Appearance: Medium-sized owl with black eyes, occurring in grey or brown morphs.
Poland’s commonest owl, largely sedentary and present in forests of all types, and even city parks. Most often nests in holes in old trees. Lack of appropriate natural nest-sites leads birds to take over old nests of birds of prey, or else to choose attics, or nestboxes of appropriately large size. An opportunistic feeder, hunting for whatever is most readily available. Rodents of various species nevertheless form bulk of diet.
Descriptions drawing on content of Ptaki Polski (“Birds of Poland”) - a book authored by Andrzej G. Kruszewicz, and published by MULTICO Oficyna Wydawnicza Sp. z o.o.