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442:Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 11.10.2003

Scops Owl

Skull of Scops Owl, Otus scops

If the cicada provides Kythera with music by day, the Scops Owl provides it by night. With its penetrating, repititious ‘boop-boop’ the scops owl calls out from the deserted old buildings of the village.

Scops owl skull, 4.2 cm long. Found dead inside a house in Fratsia, 1985. Photograph ©Peter B. Tzannes, 2003

441:Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 01.01.2004

Small Bird nest

Small and delicate nest of unknown bird. 7 cm diameter. Photograph ©James Prineas, 2003

440:Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 16.10.2003

Bird nest on tile

Bird nest built by an unknown bird inside a broken roof tile. 12 cm diameter. If you can identify the maker of this nest, please contact us. Photograph ©James Prineas, 2003

439:Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 01.01.2004

Bird nest from Paliopoli

Small nest built by an unknown bird, found in Paliopoli. 10 cm diameter. Photograph ©James Prineas, 2003

438:Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 16.10.2003

Bark and fiber bird nest

Built by an unknown bird, the construction involves a shallow, woven bowl around 12 cm in diameter, made of dried grasses, weeds, fibers and human hair. This bowl is sitting on a messy pile of tree bark, leaves, broken branches and dried grasses. Found in a niche in a courtyard wall, Kypriotianika. If you can identify the maker of this nest, please add your comments below.

Photograph ©James Prineas, 2003

437:Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 16.10.2003

Bird nest from Fratsia

Small nest built by an unknown bird. 10 cm diameter. Found in Fratsia in the branches of a small wild olive tree. If you can identify the maker of this nest, please add your comments below.

Photograph ©James Prineas, 2003

436:Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 11.10.2003

Little Owl

Skull of Little Owl, Athene noctua

The most common owl in Greece, this little raptor is also known as Athena’s Owl, and is called "Koukouvayia" in Greek.

Little owl skull, 5 cm. Found in the platia in Fratsia, 1992. Photograph ©Peter Tzannes, 2003

435:Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 11.10.2003

Heron Feather

Feather of Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

Found on Firi Ammos beach in Agia Pelagia. 24 cm.

434:Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 16.10.2003

Heron found in Paliopoli

Skull of a Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

Heron skull, 18.5 cm long. Found on Paliopoli beach, 1991. Gift of Barbara Gravelle. Photograph ©Peter Tzannes, 2003

433:Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 11.10.2003

Grey Heron

The grey heron, Ardea inerea, is an enormous bird, 90 cm long from beak to tail, breathtaking to see in flight.

Grey heron skull, 18.5 cm long. From a dead bird found washed up on Firi Ammos beach in Agia Pelagia. Photograph © Peter B. Tzannes, 2003

432:Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 11.10.2003

Little Egret

Skull of Little Egret Egretta garzetta

A lanky, white wading bird, the Little Egret can be spotted near shallow water, where it may be nesting.

Egret skull, 13 cm long. Found on Paliopoli beach in 1990. Photograph ©Peter Tzannes, 2003

431:Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 11.10.2003

Chicken

Chicken Skull

This popular domestic bird needs no introduction.

Skull of a farmyard chicken, 6 cm long. Fratsia, 1990. Photograph ©Peter Tzannes, 2003

430:Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 11.10.2003

Buzzard

Buzzard Buteo buteo

The large and powerful buzzard is a common sight on Kythera, wheeling overhead or sitting on posts and dead trees, searching for small mammals. From below, the buzzard can be recognized by its wide-spread tail striped with narrow bars and bordered by a broad, dark band at the end.

Buzzard skull, 7.5 cm. Found in Kypriotianika, 1992. Gift of John Tzannes and Zacharia Kypriotis. Photograph ©Peter Tzannes, 2003

429:Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 11.10.2003

Barn Owl

Skull of Barn Owl Tyto alba

The barn owl is an odd-looking bird with a flat, heart-shaped face and finely speckled feathers.

Barn Owl skull, 6.5. Found in Aloisianika, 1996. Gift of Susan Moxley. Photograph ©Peter Tzannes, 2003

428:Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 11.10.2003

Barn Owl

Skull of Barn Owl Tyto alba

Front view of a Barn Owl skull, 6.5. Found in Aloisianika, 1996. Gift of Susan Moxley. Photograph ©Peter B. Tzannes, 2003