This comparatively small owl is 25 centimetres long with a large, broadly rounded head, long legs and a short tail. It is brown above, speckled with white, and brown-streaked white below. It has yellow eyes with white “eyebrows”.
The little owl prefers to live in open country where there is a mixture of fields, copses, cliffs, gardens, parks, hedgerows, trees and rocks. It can be found across Europe except for Ireland and the far north.
The little owl does not migrate in winter. It can be active during the day and is often seen perched in full view. It feeds on mice, worms, insects, birds, small amphibians and reptiles. It nests in holes in trees, buildings or rocks.