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A Review of European Owls as Predators of Bats
Fossil evidence indicates that owls have been preying on bats from as far back as the Pleistocene. Overall, bats form quite small portions (i.e. trace to 0.2%) of the diets (by prey frequency) of European owls. An assessment of dietary studies and anecdotal accounts reveals that five species of European owls, the Eurasian scops owl Otus scops, Pygmy owl Glaucidium passerinum, Tengmalm's owl Aegolius funereus, little owl Athene noctua and Ural owl Strix uralensis, rarely feed on bats (with lessdoi:10.5772/intechopen.90330 fatcat:yux4htn7dvgojlmy6hmxvc4xse