Translator Disclaimer
1 December 2014 Habitat Use and Diet of the Eurasian Scops Owl Otus scops in the Breeding and Wintering Periods in Central Italy
Author Affiliations +
Abstract

The Eurasian scops owl is one of the least known European nocturnal raptors. The species is declining throughout its distributional range, thus giving concern for its conservation status. We investigated seasonal shifts in its habitat use and diet in central Italy, where scops owl is a resident species in Central Tuscany. The owls used grasslands and human settlements during the breeding period, while woodlands were mainly used during the winter. The main prey species in the diet during the warm period were grasshoppers (Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae), whereas shrews (Soricomorpha) constituted the main prey during the winter. Thus, protecting extensive grassland would not suffice to conserve resident populations of Eurasian scops owls and preservation of mature deciduous woodlands with trunk cavities is also recommended.

Mattia Panzeri, Mattia Menchetti, and Emiliano Mori "Habitat Use and Diet of the Eurasian Scops Owl Otus scops in the Breeding and Wintering Periods in Central Italy," Ardeola 61(2), 393-399, (1 December 2014). https://doi.org/10.13157/arla.61.2.2014.393
Received: 17 March 2014; Accepted: 1 May 2014; Published: 1 December 2014
JOURNAL ARTICLE
7 PAGES


SHARE
ARTICLE IMPACT
RIGHTS & PERMISSIONS
Get copyright permission
Back to Top