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 Long-eared Owl (Asio otus)




Long-eared Owl | Asio otus photo
Long-Eared Owl, Boundary Bay Regional Park, Delta, British Columbia

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Long-eared Owl | Asio otus photo
Long-Eared Owl, Boundary Bay Regional Park, Delta, British Columbia

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

LONG-EARED OWL FACTS

Description
The Long-eared Owl is a medium sized owl It is brown with streaks, and dark ear-tufts. The female is larger and darker than the male. The eyes are orange or yellow, and the legs are feathered down to the toes. The face has dark or orange brown eye disks with pale face patches above the eyes and below the bill.. The Long-eared Owl hunts over open country by night, but is most often seen roosting in a tree during the day. When perched, they elongate their body and ear tufts, to resemble a tree limb It has long wings and glides slowly when hunting.

Size
length 31cm - 37 cm. wingspan 86cm - 98cm

Environment
forest close to open country.

Food
small mammals - especially rodents, birds.

Breeding
The Long-eared Owl breeds from February to July. It nests in trees, using an old stick nest made by other bards such a crows or hawks. Lays four to six eggs which hatch after 25-30 days.

Range
temperate North America, Europe, northern Asia to Japan.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Strigiformes
Family:Strigidae
Genus:Asio
Species:otus
Common Name:Long-eared Owl