Long-Eared Owl

Long-Eared Owl

Scientific name: Asio otus

Did you know: The Long-Eared Owl, with its impressive head tufts and deep orange eyes, is a master of disguise, blending seamlessly into its woodland habitat!

What Do Long-Eared Owls Look Like? (How to Identify Them)

Resembling a mystical creature from a fairy tale, the Long-Eared Owl is an owl that’s medium in size, known for its prominent ear tufts and a slender silhouette. It boasts a coat of lighter brown with darker streaks and captivating deep orange-coloured eyes.

Differences Between Male And Female Long-Eared Owls

Males and females are similar in appearance, but females are generally larger and have more vivid markings.

What Do Long-Eared Owls Eat?

These nocturnal hunters mainly feast on small rodents, and occasionally small birds, especially in the winter.

Where Do Long-Eared Owls Live? (Including Migration Info)

Long-Eared Owls are found across the UK, with a preference for dense woodland. Northern populations are migratory, moving southwards in winter, while southern ones are more sedentary.

Bird Calls & Songs (The Unique Voices of Long-Eared Owls)

Their call is a sombre ‘hoo, hoo’ hoot, often heard during summer evenings. In winter, they are known to roost in groups, sometimes called a ‘parliament of owls’.

Fun Long-Eared Owl Facts (Kid Friendly)

  • Long-Eared Owls can rotate their heads up to 270 degrees!
  • They are known for their silent flight.
  • These owls don’t build their own nests but use abandoned ones.
  • They have excellent night vision and hearing.
  • During courtship, the male performs a sky dance with a fish in its beak.

Facts About The Long-Eared Owl

Diet: Small rodents, and small birds in winter.
Bird Family: Owls
Length: 35-37 cm
Wingspan: 84-95 cm
Weight: 210-370 g
Scientific Name: Asio otus

The Long-Eared Owl Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

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