Tawny owl, historical artwork
Tawny owl. Historical artwork of a tawny owl (Strix aluco). This is a nocturnal predator that inhabits forests and sparse woodland across much of Eurasia. It hunts at night, and finds its prey by sound. It feeds mainly on small mammals such as mice and voles, although it also takes smaller birds, frogs, fish and insects. By day it sleeps, camouflaged against branches or in a tree hole. It may reach a length of up to 40 centimetres. It has two calls: a harsh "ke-wick" and the "hoo-hoo" that is often but incorrectly assumed to be produced by all owls. This artwork was drawn by Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935)
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Page 78. Eastern Curlew (w/c on paper)
5670972 Page 78. Eastern Curlew (w/c on paper) by Unknown artist, (18th century); Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales; (add.info.: Volume 04: Zoology of N. [New] Holland etc., 32 watercolours of fish and 112 watercolours of birds.
Watermarked J Whatman'.
Dimensions: Folio album (50.3 x 39.2 cm.)); Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales; out of copyright
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European eagle owl
European eagle owl, (Bubo bubo). This bird is found in parts of Europe, Asia and north Africa. It inhabits mainly wooded areas, steppes and deserts, preferring open country for hunting. It is the largest owl in the world, measuring nearly 70 centimetres in length. Adult birds are territorial. The young roam far during their first two years in order to find their own ranges. The european eagle owl preys on small to mid-size mammals and birds, such as mice, hares and gamebirds. It supplements its diet with insects during the winter. In captivity they have been known to live for up to sixty years
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