Contribution to the study of the diet of four owl species (Aves, Strigiformes) from mainland and island areas of Greece

  • Alivizatos H
  • Goutner V
  • Zogaris S
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Abstract

The diets of the Barn Owl (Tyto alba), Little Owl (Athene noctua), Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) and Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) were studied through analysis of pellets collected at 13 different continental areas and islands of Greece. The most important prey of the Barn Owl was mammals (mainly Microtus, Mus, Apodemus, Rattus and Crocidura), although birds and amphibians were of some importance on Antikythera island and Potidea (Central Macedonia), respectively. Average prey biomass ranged from 12.5 g to 42.8 g. The median prey biomass differed significantly between areas (p

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  • Barn Owl Tyto alba
  • Diet
  • Eagle Owl Bubo bubo
  • Feeding ecology
  • Greece
  • Little Owl Athene noctua
  • Long-eared Owl Asio otus

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