Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl
(Asio otus)

Order:  Strigiformes
Family:  Strigidae

Photo credit: Dale Bonk | Wisconsin DNR

Long-eared Owl Information

Length:  13 - 16"

Habitat:  Coniferous or mixed woodlands, wooded swamps, wooded edges of streams, orchards, parks. Prefers habitat near open country for hunting. Requires dense stands of trees (usually coniferous) for nesting and roosting.

Diet:  Mainly voles and mice. Also, other small mammals, small birds, lizards, small snakes, and some insects.

  Song and calls of the Long-eared Owl

Additional Information

Long-eared Owl
Habitat, diet, feeding behavior, nesting, migration, and conservation status of this owl. Includes range map, photos, and songs and calls. (From Audubon Field Guide)

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl

© Photo David Blevins

Long-eared Owl
Identification Tips

  • Wingspan: 39 inches
  • Large, nocturnal, predatory bird
  • Large, rounded head with long ear tufts
  • Yellow eyes
  • Rusty facial disks
  • Gray-brown upperparts with small black and white markings
  • White underparts with black cross-shaped markings
  • Sexes similar
  • Often roosts in dense conifers

(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)

Year-round Sightings from eBird

Year-round sightings of Long-eared Owl over the past 10 years

For a seasonal range map for this owl, see the Audubon Field Guide

Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS