Long-eared Owl (Asio otus)
Non-resident in Virginia, but occasionally winters here. Their range includes the broad temperate belt across North America. Winters south to Mexico, Gulf states, Florida and Bermuda.
Length 13-16 inches
Wingspan 35-39 inches
Weight 7-15 ounces
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.