How well do you know owls? Well, take our identification ‘test’ and find out
Owls are mysterious. They are the sort of birds you don’t tend to see every day. Indeed, for many of us, they are birds we don’t see at all during the year. Of course, the fact that all our owl species are essentially nocturnal adds to their mystique and the fact that they are relatively rarely seen birds. That said, of the five regular British species, three can often been seen in full daylight at the right time of year and place: Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl and Little Owl. Long-eared and Tawny are more tied to darkness and are most often seen roosting by day or in brief headlight glimpses at night. ID is relatively straightforward, except between the similar Long-eared and Short-eared Owls, which require a little close attention. Good luck identifying the following six species, then turn the page for answers and further tips.