Tawny Owl

This is a common and widespread resident breeding species in Edinburgh. It is a woodland species and can breed in small patches of woodland in city gardens, parks and other urban green spaces. Tawny owls are regularly reported breeding in Dean Village. We can gain a lot of information about breeding activity by recording the location of tawny owl vocalisations (you can hear Tawny owl volcalisation on the RSPB Web site). They are most vocal during the months of January and February when pairs are re-establishing pair bonds and territories. If you have seen and or heard this species in Edinburgh please report your sightings or vocalisations on the Sightings in Edinburgh page.

Click on the thumbnails below to see superb photos by Laurie Campbell and Lorne Gill, or click here to start a slide show:

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See RSPB website for information on identification and ecology.