Story: Introduced land birds

Little owl with dead thrush

Little owl with dead thrush

Little owls were originally introduced to control other introduced birds. They do attack and eat some birds, like this young owl in its nest with a thrush for dinner, but their main diet is lizards, mice and invertebrates.

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Christina Troup, 'Introduced land birds - Little owls', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2022)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Nov 2008, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015