Strix aluco (Tawny Owl)

Pauline
3 Identification requests
Found:
30.11.-0001
Added:
10.04.2019

Discussion

Hallo! Wir haben diese Federn auf einem Waldweg auf ca. 400m über NN auf Höhe eines durch Laubholz geprägten Abschnitts gefunden. Der umliegende Bereich ist durch Nadelholz geprägt. Die einzige Vermutung bisher: Es könnte sich um eine Feder eines juvelinen Uhus handeln. Es wäre super, wenn uns jemand weiterhelfen kann oder eine Vermutung hat. Liebe Grüße!
Bart
Dear Val, I don't want to question your expertise, but I checked on all the S. aluco feather pictures that I could find on several feather databases online and I can't find one feather that looks like the two on Pauline's pictures? What am I overlooking...? But I must tell you... I am a complete rookie in this field ???? Thanks in advance for your help Bart
Val
Hey bart, these feathers are from a rufous morph of a tawny owl, which featherbase only has 2 specimens of. One specimen completely lacks body feathers, and the other one lacks feathers from the body region that these feathers are from. You can see them in this link, right above the legs of the bird :) https://www.owlpages.com/owls/species.php?i=992
Val
Link leads to a different image, here’s a corrected one https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/05/ca/f3/47/millets-farm-falconry.jpg
Bart
Dear Val, Thank you! And thanks to you too Sylvia! The picture from the second link you send convinced me at once of course. I am not sure if I can follow your explanation though. I understand the feathers are from a rufous-brown specimen, from the lower part of the chest of the animal, above the legs (as can be easily recognized in the picture) and that these type of body feathers are lacking on the grey morph...? Have a nice evening. Bart
Pauline
Many thanks for your help!