Athene noctua - Little owl - Civetta

Athene noctua

RECORDING 1
DATE/TIME: 01/february/2004 (6 p.m.) - IDENTIFICATION AND BEHAVIOUR: one male sings (not seen) perched somewhere in a cultivated field with scattered olive trees - POSITION: Poderone near Magliano in Toscana, LAT.N 4236'/LONG.E 1117' - ALTITUDE: +130 m. - VOCALIZATION TYPE: typical hoot - SEX/AGE: adult male - COMMENT : the bird was considerably far from microphone (the audio sample has been digitally amplified). One closer bird answer (see below) - MIC: (U)

RECORDING 2
DATE/TIME: 01/february/2004 (6 p.m.) - IDENTIFICATION AND BEHAVIOUR: one female (not seen) is perched somewhere in a cultivated field with scattered olive trees. It seems to answer to the male hoots (see Recording 1) - POSITION: Poderone near Magliano in Toscana, LAT.N 4236'/LONG.E 1117' - ALTITUDE: +130 m. - VOCALIZATION TYPE: a series of loud "kew" calls. This is the commonest call. - SEX/AGE: adult female - COMMENT: probably it is a female answering to her mate. Average time interval between calls: 1,17 s. (S.D. = 0,49; Range = 0,7/2,5; n = 13). - MIC: (U)

RECORDING 3
DATE/TIME: 23/august/2004 (10.30 p.m.) - IDENTIFICATION AND BEHAVIOUR: one bird (not seen) is perched on a pine tree over a camping area, which is full of tourists; zone with cultivated fields and farms. - POSITION: Polverosa crossing near Marsiliana, LAT.N 4230'/LONG.E 1119' - ALTITUDE: 17 m. - VOCALIZATION TYPE: A slightly different "kew" call, maybe less excited (compare with Recording 2). - SEX/AGE: adult female - COMMENT: Far background: human voices. Average time interval between calls: 2,99 s. (S.D. = 0,85; Range = 1,6/4,5; n = 10). - MIC: (A)

RECORDING 4
DATE/TIME: 24/july/2005 (0.30 a.m.) - IDENTIFICATION AND BEHAVIOUR: one bird (not seen) is perched on a pine tree near the border of Patanella pinewood. - POSITION: Patanella pinewood near Orbetello lagoon, LAT. N. 42 27' /LONG. E. 11 13' - ALTITUDE: 0 m. - VOCALIZATION TYPE: A third different example of "kew" call. - SEX/AGE: adult female - COMMENT: Maybe the bird is slightly anxious, because I'm quite close to its perch. Far background: Scops owl calls and crickets. Time interval between calls has been reduced in the audio sample and in the spectrogram. Average time interval: 7,5 s. (S.D. = 1,67; Range = 5,2/9,3; n = 5). - MIC: (A)

RECORDING 5
DATE/TIME: 4/july/2007 (11.30 p.m.) - IDENTIFICATION AND BEHAVIOUR: one bird (not seen) is perched on an oak tree in a zone with cultivated fields, vineyards and woods. - POSITION: Poderone near Magliano in Toscana, LAT.N 4236'/LONG.E 1117' - ALTITUDE: +130 m. - VOCALIZATION TYPE: A plaintive cry, not unlike Recording 3, but less bitonal. - SEX/AGE: adult female - COMMENT: It is interesting to note that there is a Scops owl nearby, which has just finished a long song bout; another Scops owl is calling far away. Background: Scops owl, barking dog and crickets. Average time interval between calls: 2,7 s. (S.D. = 0,94; Range = 1,7/5,1; n = 14). - MIC: (P)

RECORDING 6
DATE/TIME: 12/january/2009 (8 p.m.) - IDENTIFICATION AND BEHAVIOUR: Two males are hooting at the same time in the valley; one female calls too. Hilly zone with woods and cultivated fields. - POSITION: Montiano, LAT.N 4238'/LONG.E 1114' - ALTITUDE: +150 m. - VOCALIZATION TYPE: Male hoots. - SEX/AGE: adult male. - COMMENT: Time interval between hoots has been reduced, average time interval: 3,33 s. (S.D. = 0,31; Range = 2,9/3,7; n = 11). - MIC: (P)

RECORDING 7
DATE/TIME: 23/june/2009 (10.30 p.m.) - IDENTIFICATION AND BEHAVIOUR: In an abandoned house there is a Barn owl nest. A Little owl calls alarmed from the roof of the same house, while I am recording the Barn owl chicks. Zone with cultivated land and small copses. - POSITION: Sabatina near Arcille, LAT.N 4248'/LONG.E 1118' - ALTITUDE: 80 m. - VOCALIZATION TYPE: alarm calls. - SEX/AGE: adult female? - COMMENT: The bird does not repeat this call series. - MIC: (P)

RECORDING 8
DATE/TIME: 5/december/2009 (9 p.m.) - IDENTIFICATION AND BEHAVIOUR: One bird calls two times from a cultivated field with hedgerows and poplar trees. - POSITION: Roselle near Grosseto, LAT.N 4247'/LONG.E 1108' - ALTITUDE: 15 m. - VOCALIZATION TYPE: this call seems to express anxiety and/or excitement. - SEX/AGE: adult female - COMMENT: This kind of "kew" call preceded by a sort of rapid trill is a relatively common vocalization. - MIC: (P)


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