Long-eared Owl

Asio otus

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Basic Information

Order

Strigiformes

Family

Strigidae

Size

Long and eared Owls grow between 13.6 and 15.75 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 27.5 years

Weight

Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) facts, habitat, range, owl pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the bird of prey.

Diet

Long-eared Owls are carnivores that prey mainly on small mammals, however they will also eat other birds should opportunity arise.

Behavior

Soaring

Range

Nationwide

Nest Placement

Tree

Number of Offspring

3–7 Eggs

Egg Description

White

Condition at Hatching

Feeble, eyes closed, white down covered

Social Status

Solitary, Winter Flocks

Wingspan

35.25–39.5 in

What does the Long-eared Owl look like?

Long-eared Owls are medium sized birds of prey with slim builds. They are predominately brown with heavily barred chests. They have prominent ear tufts, and dull orange facial discs with a white "X" between their yellow eyes.

Long-eared Owl Habitat

Forests

Long-eared Owl Facts

Long-eared Owls are nocturnal birds of prey; they roost in forests by day and hunt in open areas by night. The have asymmetrical ear openings, this enhances their ability to locate prey via sound. In fact, under controlled circumstances, biologists have proven Long-eared Owls can kill mice in utter darkness. They are rather loud birds, their hoot can heard more than a half mile away. There are four subspecies of Long-eared Owls.

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