Tengmalm’s Owl Aegolius funereus   [Linnaeus, 1758]

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Order: Strigiformes Family: Strigidae
BTO Codes: , TENOW EURING No: 7700
Number in Britain: Fewer than 20 records
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not a species of concern
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: funereus recorded in Britain (of 7 subsp. in the world)
Length: 25 cm Wingspan: 58 cm Weight: M/F: 150 g    
Scientific name from: Gr. Aigolios=owl (specifically of ill-omen) and L.: funereus=funereal (from funus=a funeral)
World Distribution: n&c Europe, n&c Asia, n North America
Habitat: Boreal forest & mixed woodland
Diet: Voles, also mice, shrews, some birds; nocturnal
TitBit: One male may mate with up to three females, and a female will occasionally mate with two different males; such shenanigans occur most frequently when mice numbers are high.  
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Northumberland, 1812 (Palmer. P 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 7 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: Too few records
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Lothian (1860), Northeast (1886), Orkney (1986), Perth & Kinross (1915), Shetland (1912),
   North-east England: Cleveland (1872), Durham (1981), Northumberland (1911), East Yorkshire (1983), North Yorkshire (1901),
   North-west England: Cumbria (1876),
   English Midlands: Northamptonshire (1902), Shropshire (1872), Worcestershire (1901),
   Eastern England: Essex (1877), Lincolnshire (1880), Norfolk (1903), Suffolk (1901),
   South-east England: Kent (1881),
   South-west England:

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Other Names

Boreal Owl
Gaelic: Welsh:
Danish: Perleugle Dutch: Ruigpootuil
Finnish: Helmipöllö French: Chouette de Tengmalm
German: Rauhfußkauz Hungarian: Gatyáskuvik
Icelandic: Skálmugla Irish:
Italian: Civetta capogrosso Norwegian: Perleugle
Polish: Wlochatka zwyczajna Portuguese: Mocho de Tengmalm
Spanish: Búho de Tengmalm Swedish: Pärluggla

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Books and Monographs:
   Mikkola, H. 1983 Owls of Europe Poyser, Calton [598.71 MIK]
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