Boreal Owl




Boreal Owl


Boreal Owl
(Aegolius funereus)

Order:  Strigiformes
Family:  Strigidae











Photo © Martinkubik | Dreamstime

Boreal Owl Information

Length:  9 - 12"

Habitat:  Coniferous or mixed forests, forest edges, dense stands of aspen trees.

Diet:  Mainly small mammals such as voles, mice, shrews, and lemmings. Also insects and occasionally small birds.

  Songs and calls of the Boreal Owl


Additional photos and information

Boreal Owl
Description, young, habitat, food and feeding, breeding, movements, and life span of Boreal Owl. (From Owling.com)

Boreal Owl
Description, voice, habitat, nesting, and diet. Includes photo. (From NH Fish & Game)


Boreal Owl

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By Greg Schechter on Flickr, CC

Boreal Owl
Identification Tips

  • Wingspan: 24 inches
  • Small, nocturnal, predatory bird
  • Large, rounded head
  • Yellow eyes
  • Mostly pale facial disks with dark border
  • Pale bill
  • Dark brown upperparts with large white spots
  • Pale underparts with large, dark irregular streaks
  • Sexes similar

(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)


New England Range


The Boreal Owl is a rare winter visitor to some areas of northern New England.

Winter Map from eBird

Sightings of the Boreal Owl Nov-Mar over last 10 years