Noctua Aurita Minor: The Little Owl.
Is about the size
of, or rather less than a Jack-daw; has
large pointed Ears; the Bill small,
the Iris of the Eye of a deep Yellow, or
Saffron-colour; the Feathers of its Face white,
With a mixture of reddish brown: the Head and
upper part of the Body of a sulvous, or reddish
brown colour: the Wings are of the same colour,
except that they are verged about with white,
have some white spots on the Quill-feathers,
and five larger white spots on the upper part
of each Wing: the Breast and Belly is dusky
white, intermix'd with reddish brown feathers:
the Tail dark-brown, a little longer than the
wings: the Legs and Feet light brown , feather'd
and hairy down to the toes, armed with four
semicircular black Tallons.
The Hen is
of a deeper brown, without any
tincture of red.