- The northern hawk owl is a medium-sized owl, about 35 centimetres (14 inches) long.
Identifying traits for this species include:
- Although a true owl, this bird closely resembles a hawk because of its short, relatively pointed wings, long wedge-shaped
tail, and its hawk-like flight and perching posture.
- The northern hawk owl is distinguished by:
- a lack of ear tufts
- dark brown upper parts with white spotted wings
- a speckled and streaked crown and hind neck
- the white underside is finely barred with black
- two darker patches are located on either side of the breast.
The northern hawk owl is classified as Sensitive in the General Status of Alberta Wild Species
- Like all birds of prey in Alberta, the northern hawk owl is protected by the provincial Wildlife Act.
- Northern hawk owls require stands of mature forest for nesting and burns for hunting, both of which are threatened by current
Updated: Apr 29, 2010