Star and Thor


Little Owl

Scientific name

Athene noctua

About my breed

Little Owls were introduced to the UK in the 19th century. They can be seen in the day, usually perching on a tree branch, telegraph pole or rock. They are particularly territorial in the breeding season and consequently very vocal, with a wide variety of vocalisations. They are found in a range of habitats but usually do best in areas of mixed farmland. They also seem to favour old orchards and other more open wooded areas, although they are not woodland birds.

About me

Star (left), our female little owl, came to us when her owner sadly died in a motorcycle accident. She is 11 years old but often gets mistaken for a baby, as does her boyfriend Thor (right). Thor is 7 years old and came to us with a wing injury when he was just a baby. He tried to get some food, but his mum thought he had had enough and bit him, accidentally biting part of his right wing completely off. Unlike Star, Thor cannot fly. He may attempt to but sadly he goes round in circles. Both little owls are local celebrities and often visit schools and nursing homes due to their placid nature. Star even get's into the spirit of Christmas as you can see!