Diets of Urban Breeding Barn Owls (Tyto alba) in Tel Aviv, Israel

Motti Charter, Ido Izhaki, Lev Shapira, Yossi Leshem
2007 The Wilson Journal of Ornithology  
Examination of 193 whole pellets and a number of partial pellets of a pair of Barn Owls (Tyto alba) in Neve Shiret, a neighborhood of Tel Aviv, Israel during the 2005 and 2006 breeding seasons revealed a total of 711 prey specimens. Six species of small mammals comprised 99.3% of the diet with a frequency of occurrence of 100% in pellets. Levant voles (Microtus socialis guentheri) (48.1%) and house mice (Mus musculus) (32.9%) were the most common prey species. The Barn Owl pair hunted in
more » ... ir hunted in croplands adjacent to an urban residential area. Re-
doi:10.1676/06-109.1 fatcat:6anhnhiivvfjnetp4nrpqqv4de