Animal Droppings from Spain for ID
Jonny Hodgson sent me these poo pics and wondered what species dropped them. I thought maybe a hedgehog, a large lizard or maybe a large amphibian … all of which are in the area. Perhaps even a bird?
I agree but it can be 3 – 5 cm I assume long but would it have contracted in the heat ?
I cannot think of anything here in Spain that would eat lots of ants.
Saw the size at https://www.discoverwildlife.com/how-to/identify-wildlife/how-to-identify-animal-droppings/
From the photos in Collins Guide to Animal Tracks and signs it looks similar but they are white on the outside
What about Little Owl? 5cm sounded a bit long, but if you say it were basically 2 stuck together… Pellets up to 4cm are ok for a Little Owl.
They are very opportunistic and I could imagine that if an owl comes across an active nest on the ground it would go for it (especially if they are somewhat bigger ants). In a quick search I did actually find some mentioning of ants in their diet. Winged ants would make even more sense and some do specify that, but I could imagine normal worker ants just as well. The beetle shell would support that idea as well.
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Could it be Green Woodpecker ?