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Alberta Long Eared Owl  (Asio otus)

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Aptly named, the long-eared owl is a very slender, medium-sized bird with long ear tufts that are set close to the middle of the head. It is about 35 cm (14 in.) long. The upper portion of the body is dark brown with speckles of white on the back of the head and barred elsewhere with white. The underside is white with dark streaks on the breast and barring on the abdomen. Because it requires trees for roosting and nesting, it is most common to wooded areas in all but the alpine zone. The breeding range extends from the northern tree limit in north America south to California. In Alberta, breeding range occurs in the south and central regions. Four to 5 eggs are laid in large nests that were formerly used by crows or hawks. After the young are reared, the owls spend the winter months in the south, often as far as Mexico. In most areas long-eared owls are more abundant than people think, but because they do not flush from their nests and remain quiet and still during the day, they are seldom noticed. Long-eared owls hunt both wooded and open country for small mammals that make up their diet. They are nocturnal hunters. (Text information was provided by Alberta Government Resource Development.)

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