LONG-EARED OWL

Long-eared Owl - Photo by Bob Gress
Photo by Bob Gress

 

Long-eared Owl
Asio otus

Measurements:
Length:  13 - 15 inches
Wingspread:  37 - 39 inches
Weight:  9 - 10 ounces

  • Comments:   The long narrow ear tufts are the most distinctive field mark for identifying this owl. They are usually held erect while the bird is perched. They can be distinguished from great horned owls by their smaller size and lack of a white throat patch. During winter months these owls can be found in large communal roosts sometimes numbering dozens of birds. These roosts are usually located in red cedar groves.
  • Distribution:   Long-eared owls are uncommon but can be found throughout the state.
  • Food:   Rodents are their primary prey but insects and snakes are also taken. Although it seldom eats birds, when birds are captured they are usually taken off the ground or from low perches.

Other Kansas Owls

EASTERN SCREECH OWL SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL BARN OWL
GREAT HORNED OWL NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL
BARRED OWL BURROWING OWL


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