Diet of the Long-eared Owl, Asio otus, in Central Anatolia (Aves: Strigidae)

Hizal E.

ZOOLOGY IN THE MIDDLE EAST, vol.59, no.2, pp.118-122, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 59 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/09397140.2013.810866
  • Title of Journal : ZOOLOGY IN THE MIDDLE EAST
  • Page Numbers: pp.118-122
  • Keywords: Asio otus, Microtus guentheri, Allactaga williamsi, Cricetulus migratorius, Konya, Central Anatolia, Middle East, REMAINS, PELLETS


In a one-year study on the diet of the Long-eared Owl, Asio otus, in the area of Karapinar in Central Anatolia, 5324 prey items were recovered from 3314 pellets collected at monthly intervals. At least 7 species of mammals belonging to Insectivora (Crocidura suaveolens) and Rodentia (Allactaga williamsi, Cricetulus migratorius, Meriones tristrami, Mescocricetus brandti, Microtus guentheri, M. sp., Mus macedonicus) were identified. Rodentia were dominant and contributed 93.8% of the number of prey items of the Long-eared Owl. Microtus guentheri accounted for 83.9% of the rodent remains. The diet pattern was more diverse in summer, when some 24% of the diet consisted of non-mammal prey items (birds, insects).