The long-eared owl may be found in many areas of Britain and Ireland, but it is not common and, being nocturnal, it is rarely seen.



Long eared owlOrder: Strigiformes

Family: Strigidae

Species: Asio otus

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Population trend: decreasing

Distribution: patchily distributed throughout Britain and Ireland. Found also in Europe, Asia and North America.

Habitat: coniferous woodland, plantations, small clumps of trees in moorland and farmland.

Description: long ear tufts, bright orange eyes; buff back, mottled with brown; buff breast, streaked with brown.

Size: 34 - 37cm.

Food: voles, mice and small birds.


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