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Ignacy Kitowski and Krzysztof Pawlega (2010)

Food Composition of the Little Owl Athene noctua in Farmland Areas of South East Poland


The feeding ecology of the Little Owl (Athene noctua) was studied in farmlands of southeast Poland, which is dominated by monocultural farms. 3065 prey dissected from pellets were collected at 13 pellet stations between 1999 and 2001 through 7 seasons in total. Mammals were found to dominate both in total number (54.3\% of caught prey) and total biomass (93.0\% of caught prey) while insects comprised 43.0\% of the number, but only 1.1\% of the prey biomass. However, the proportion of insects reached up to 62\% in certain seasons. Coleopteran beetles dominated the insect fraction representing 98.3\% of the number and 87.9\% of the insect biomass. Our study also illustrated that in some seasons, the prey composition included taxa related to intensive agricultural management. The food composition of the Little Owls from the examined Polish sites is more similar to Eastern and Southern populations than to Northern and Western populations of Little Owls in Europe.

Little Owl; diet; farmland; Poland
  • ISSN: 0777-6276

ISSN 2295-0451 (online version)
ISSN 0777-6279 (printed version)
impact factor 2015: 0,87.

Prof. Dr. Isa Schön
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussels, Belgium


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