Long-eared Owl

General description.

The Long-eared Owl is often the most overlooked of the large owls due to its amazing abilities to blend in with its surroundings. When it feel threatened this owl can freeze in one position and press its slender body against the trunk of the tree it is perching on. This is also the most nocturnal of the large owls. In the winter, this owl will often perch on the same tree day after day so a good way to identify if there is Long-eared Owl in the area is to look under the trees and see if any have a large number of owl pellets and droppings. This owl hunts exclusively at night over open fields. This bird eats mostly small rodents but will also eat small birds. During breeding season, this bird is monogamous. It nests on trees or dead trees. It doesn't build its own nest, it uses the abandoned nests of hawks, crows, or herons. This bird is uncommon, but may be more common than suspected due to its ability to not be detected.

Female appearance.

Larger than male.

Flight pattern.

Erratic darting. Silent flight.

Breeding habits.


Calls or song.

quoo-quoo-quoo and hoo

Population and distribution.


Nesting habits.

The Long-eared Owl nests in trees and dead trees and lays 2-10 white eggs in April.

Birds in the same Family:

Short-eared Owl Photo Short-eared Owl
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