Tigger

Tigger was sent to the World Bird Sanctuary from another center in 1992. He had been injured as a young chick and was unreleasable. Tigger loves mice and venison and is known to call in public, even during the day. Listen for his "to-Wit, to-Woo" when you visit. Even though Tigger is considered sweet and easy going, his species as a whole can also be fierce little hunters. Your adoption fee will help feed, house and care for Tigger in the coming year.

 


Adoption Fee $75
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Tawny Owl

Strix aluco


Description plumage is chestnut brown, heavily mottled with grey, brown and black streaks; face is round with deep set black eyes; plumage pattern gives this bird a blocky, thick-set look; like the American Barred Owl to which it is related, it lacks ear tufts
Sex male and female similar in appearance; females slightly larger than males
Age
Length 12-15"
Wingspan 36-42"
Weight 14-20 oz.
Habitat Mostly woodlands, parks, and recently urban areas
Status most common and widespread owl in Europe
Range with the exception of Ireland, distributed across Europe from Britain to Scandinavia,; into North Africa; North and West Asia
Behavior territorial owls that use the same range throughout their lives; almost exclusively nocturnal, it hunts by swooping down on is prey from a perch, from which it may locate its prey with its keen hearing; males and females bond for life; the female lays 2-4 eggs in March or early April, in a hole in a tree or an abandoned nest; the female incubates the young while the male hunts and feeds the brood for about 21 days; then both parents feed the chicks; the young owlets leave the nest at 32-37 days and scramble around on nearby branches (at this point they are known as "branchers"; by 2 months old they are flying and beginning to hunt for themselves; by 3 months they are independent and begin to disperse.
Diet small mammals and rodents, small birds, frogs, fish, insects and worms
Vocalization the normal call is a duet: the female calls "To-whit", to which the male replies "To-woo"; another call heard primarily in the fall is a loud "kee-wick"
Other Information - This owl is so popular in Great Britain that it makes an appearance in many pieces of English literature, including "Winnie the Pooh" and the "Harry Potter" books