Geographical Range North America; northern Europe; Asia
Habitat Coniferous and mixed forests
Scientific Name Asio otus
Conservation Status Common

Look closely to find this bird. Long-eared owls rely on their mottled colors to hide them in the trees as they sleep during the day. At night, they hunt for small rodents like voles, mice, and rats in grassland or at the forest's edge. They usually nest in abandoned nests of other hunting birds in the dense forest habitat. And like many predators, their breeding success depends largely on the availability of prey animals in their territory.

Did You Know?

These owls don't hear with their ear tufts. Feathers on the side of their head actually cover highly sensitive ears.