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Long-Eared Owl (Asio otus)

Broad temperate belt across North America. Winters south to Mexico, Gulf states, Florida and Bermuda. Non-resident in Virginia, but occasionally winters here.


Length 13-16 inches
Wingspan 36-42 inches
Weight about 1 pound

Deep forest cover, mixed hardwoods and evergreens or conifers.


Small mammals, chiefly voles, mice and shrews.

Uncommon owl; there are large gaps in our knowledge of the species. Nests in old nests of herons, hawks or crows; also squirrel nests and cavities in trees. Not very vocal; most often heard in a single or double hoot.
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