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[Photo] Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) de:Waldohreule. german description: Das Foto zeigt eine Waldohreule in freier Wildbahn. Nur selten sieht man die nachtaktiven Tiere tags??ber. Fotodaten: Canon EOS 10D, EF 300 mm 2,8 mit 1,4x Konverter, Dreibein, Spiegelvorausl??sung. Photo taken by Sascha R??sner (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benutzer:Sascha_R%C3%B6sner). date: 2004.
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The Long-eared Owl
) is a species of owl
which breeds in Europe, Asia, and North America. Breeding season is from February to July. This bird is partially migratory, moving south in winter from the northern parts of its range. Its habitat is forest close to open country. Asio otus
is more elusive than other owl
s in this family.
This species is a part of the larger grouping of owl
s known as typical owl
s, family Strigidae
, which contains most species of owl
. The other grouping of owl
s are the barn owl
s, family Tytonidae
The Long-eared Owl
is a medium sized owl
, 31-37 cm in length with an 86-98 cm wingspan. The Long-eared Owl
carries its blackish tufts, which are positioned in the center of the head, in an erect posture. The females are larger in size and darker in coloration than the males. The Long-eared Owl
’s brownish feathers are vertically streaked. Tarsus and toes are entirely feathered. Eye disks are also characteristic in this species. However, eye disks of A. otus
are darker in color or rusty-orange. This nocturnal species is perhaps most easily seen perched in a tree in its daytime roost.
It nests in trees, often conifers, using the old stick nests of other birds
such as crows, ravens and magpies (Family Corvidae
) and various hawks. The average clutch size is 4-6 eggs, and incubation time averages from 25-30 days. It will readily use artificial nesting baskets. It roosts and nests in temperate forests. An unusual characteristic of this species is its communal nesting in thickets during the winter months.
is nocturnal, and it hunts over open country by night. It is very long winged, like the similar Short-eared Owl
, and glides slowly on stiff wings when hunting. Its food is mainly rodent
s, small mammals, and birds
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