This section is from the book "The Balance Of Nature And Modern Conditions Of Cultivation", by George Abbey. Also available from Amazon: The Balance Of Nature And Modern Conditions Of Cultivation.
The Long-eared Owl (Asio asus or Otus vulgaris), belonging to the Otinae or Owlets, possesses nearly complete feathered discs around the eyes, and two small feathered tufts on the upper part of the head. It resides in hollow trees in parks, woods, and fields. Sallying forth at night it, mostly at dusk or dawn, preys on young hares, and rabbits, young game-birds and chickens, rats, mice, moles and small birds.
The Tawny or Brown Owl (Syrium aluco or Uluda stridula) represents the Hooting Owls, without tufts, and inhabits hollow trees in parks, woods and fields, or old buildings. Nocturnal in habits and hooting, this bird is regarded by some persons with superstitious dread. Its colour is ashen-grey variegated with brown on the upper parts, and whitish-grey with various tints of brown on the under-parts, while the facial discs are nearly white, adding to the awe inspired. It nests in holes of trees, and in general it frequents well-wooded districts and the depths of woods and forests. It is a very bold bird, especially when it has young, and has been known to kill and devour young magpies in spite of the resistance of the old birds. Its food is very varied, young hares and rabbits, birds, mice, insects, and even fish forming part of its dietary.