Globally owls represent a large bird family with a cosmopolitan distribution, being found on almost every continent. About 190 species of owl have been recorded, six of which are known from Britain: barn owl (Tyto alba); tawny owl (Strix aluco); little owl (Athene noctua); long-eared owl (Asio otus); short-eared owl (Asio flammeus); and the eagle owl (Bubo bubo).
The Barn owl is probably Britain's most recognisable owl and was once a common sight in pastureland, although numbers appear to be in decline.
European Eagle owl
An uncommon owl in Britain, the Eagle owl is found patchily distributed in northern England and on Scotland's east coast.
Britain's smallest owl species, the Little owl was originally introduced by the Victorians and has since established itself as a well-known part of our countryside.
A rarely seen owl of predominantly coniferous woodland, more common in Ireland and northern England, in forests were there are few Tawnies.
A resident of northern moors and, more recently, southern marshes and grasslands, "shorties" are one of the few day-hunting owls.
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