Boreal Owl Photo Gallery
What does the Boreal Owl look like?
Boreal Owls are small birds of prey. They have rounded heads, no ear tufts and a white facial disc that is outlined with black and pops with brilliant yellow eyes. Their upper bodies are a mottled brown and their under bodies are a dingy white streaked with brown. Juveniles are completely brown with the chest and belly a shade paler. They also have a white "X" on their face.
Boreal Owl Habitat
Boreal Owl Facts
Boreal Owls are small nocturnal birds of prey. This species exhibits the most reversed sexual dimorphism of any North American owl; meaning females are much larger than males. They locate their main prey, rodents, by sound. They can hear them through thick vegetation and even under deep snow. This is aided by asymmetrical ear openings on their heads, with one opening high on the skull and the other lower. Boreal Owls are generally monogamous but occasionally some tomfoolery occurs from both sexes. That tends to happen more often when mice are plentiful.