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Long-eared Owl

(Asio otus)
Alternate name(s): "Northern Long-eared Owl"
German name(s): "Waldohreule"

Size: 31-40 cm; wing span 85-100 cm
Weight: 180-435 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Long-eared Owl at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "otus"



Frontal view of a Long-eared Owl; the pale colouring may suggest that this is a male (photo courtesy of K. Paunovic)
[Near Melenci, Serbia, July 2016]

Sex unknown

Frontal/ventral view of a Long-eared Owl (photo courtesy of G. Normand)
[Parc du Sausset, Villepinte, Ils-de-France, France, January 2021]

Dorsal/ventral view of a Long-eared Owl; note the prominent streaking on the belly and the white trailing edge on the wings as well as the white terminal band on the tail (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2017]


Long-eared Owls use a stiff, erect, cryptic posture to avoid detection.

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