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The Barn Owl, the night king of Antikythira.

A ringed Barn Owl (Tyto alba, Τυτώ) just before releasing .

A ringed Barn Owl (Tyto alba, Τυτώ) just before releasing .

The Barn Owl (Tyto alba, Τυτώ) is for sure the top predator among the night raptors of Antikythira*. Two to three couples breed on the island and even though we have dedicated quite some time to find their nests we have not yet succeeded. The island is full of natural cavities and abandons houses/ ruins. Up to now we have found five active roosting sites which we are monitoring every season in order to collect their pellets.

After every season the pellets are sent to the Natural History Museum of Crete, were Yannis (a former volunteer) is studying the species’ diet. More than once have we found our own rings within the pellets as during the spring season the Barn Owl seems to have a big appetite for birds. Even the migrating Scops Owls (Otus scops, Γκιώνης) is often among it’s pray.

The juveniles are clumsier and often ending up in the nets, so we keep our fingers cross that we will get one this season as well.

*: Apart from the Barn Owl, Scops Owl, and Little Owl (Athene noctua, Κουκουβάγια) are also breeding on the island. The Long-eared Owl (Asio otus, Νανόμπουφος) is a common winter visor than some yearas stay up to spring.

The Kamarela beach were the Barn Owl has one of its roosts.

The Kamarela beach were the Barn Owl has one of its roosts.