- The long-eared owl is a very slender, medium-sized bird about 35 centimetres (14 inches) long.
- The long-eared owl is aptly named, with long ear tufts that are set close to the middle of the head.
- The upper portion of the body is dark brown with speckles of white on the back of the head and barred elsewhere with white.
- The underside is white with dark streaks on the breast and barring on the abdomen.
- The breeding range extends from the northern tree limit in North America south to California.
- In Alberta, breeding range occurs in the south and central regions.
- In most areas, long-eared owls are more abundant than people think, but because they do not flush from their nests and remain
quiet and still during the day, they are seldom noticed.
- The owls spend the winter months in the south, often as far as Mexico.
- Because this bird requires trees for roosting and nesting, it is most common to wooded areas in all natural regions.
- Long-eared owls hunt both wooded and open country.
- Small mammals that make up the long-eared owl's diet.
- Long-eared owls are nocturnal hunters.
The long-eared owl is classified as Secure in the General Status of Alberta Wild Species report. See:
- Like all birds of prey in Alberta, the long-eared owl is protected by the provincial Wildlife Act.
Updated: Apr 29, 2010