Long-eared Owl

Asio otus

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

LEOW

Code 6

ASIOTU

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Long-eared Owl has a large range, estimated globally at 10,000,000 square kilometers. Native to Europe, Asia, and North America and introduced to Cuba, this bird prefers forest, grassland, wetland, and shrubland ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 120,000 individuals and does not show significant signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Long-eared Owl is Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Long-eared Owl: Medium-sized owl with gray-brown body with pale bars and heavy streaks on underparts. The facial disc is rufous with white a patch below the bill. The ear tufts are close together, long, black and rufous, and are not visible in flight. Bouyant, mothlike flight with silent wing beats.


Range and Habitat

Long-eared Owl: Commonly occurs throughout the northern hemisphere. In North America breeds from southern Canada to New England and much of the southwest. Winters from the Midwest south to Mexico. Preferred habitats include dense vegetation close to grasslands or shrublands, as well as open forests.

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Long-eared Owl SONGS AND CALLS

Long-eared Owl JJ1

Male alarm call is a barking "ooack".

Long-eared Owl Z1

Male song consists of "hoot" calls repeated every 2-4 seconds.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"hoo-hoo-hoo", "whek-WHEK-shek"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Like some other owls, the Long-eared Owl has asymmetrical ear openings: the left ear opening is higher than the right. This positioning helps the bird to locate prey by sound.
  • An unusual characteristic of this species is its communal nesting in thickets during the winter months.
  • The hoot of the male can sometimes be heard up to 0.7 miles away.
  • A group of owls has many collective nouns, including a "bazaar", "glaring", "parliament", "stooping", and "wisdom" of owls.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Chris Vest

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