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Table 1 Seasonal diet of barn owl in Cyprus in % numbers (N) and % biomass (B), from summer 2013 to summer 2014

From: Spatial and temporal patterns in the diet of barn owl (Tyto alba) in Cyprus

Prey type Summer 2013 Autumn 2013 Winter 2013–2014 Spring 2014 Summer 2014
N B N B N B N B N B
Insects 2.7 0.1 1.3 0.1 0.4 0.1 0.4 0.1
Birds 1.8 3.0 4.2 5.8 3.0 3.8 1.7 2.6 3.5 6.0
Mammals 95.5 96.9 94.5 94.1 96.6 96.1 97.9 97.3 96.5 94.0
Mice (Mus spp.) 64.6 52.0 70.4 48.8 72.2 44.2 76.9 57.2 76.9 62.3
Rats (Rattus spp.) 9.1 36.4 11.9 41.4 16.2 49.5 9.7 36.3 6.6 27.0
Lesser White-toothed shrew (Crocidura suaveolens) 20.8 8.4 10.7 3.7 7.5 2.3 9.6 3.6 11.0 4.4
Etruscan shrew (Suncus etruscus) 0.9 0.1 1.5 0.2 0.7 0.1 1.7 0.2 2.0 0.3
Total number of prey 331 1063 759 934 225
Prey diversity 1.24   1.28   1.18   1.12   1.16  
Evenness 0.69   0.71   0.70   0.58   0.60  
Median prey weight (g) 4.86   3.73   2.45   2.30   1.49  
Interquartile range: 25–75% 22.93   26.74   30.40   24.19   21.9  
Average prey weight (g) 14.93   17.29   19.61   16.1   14.8