Long-eared Owl

Long-eared OwlLong-eared Owl

Where and when to see: Can be heard calling in April and occasionally seen in woodland habitats

Latin name: Asio otus

A Long-eared Owl stands at 31-37cm long and has a wingspan of 86-98cm. It is a territorial breeder and chooses to nest in forests in the vicinity of open country or arable farmland where it can find its favoured prey of voles. The Long-eared Owl is crepuscular (active during twilight) and nocturnal, much like most owls. It is generally buff-brown in colour with darker brown streaks and a rusty coloured face. The ear tufts that it give it its name are not actually ears but just head feathers that raise when the bird is alarmed.

Status in Alderney: Rare Breeder

Status in UK (RSPB Criteria): Green

Worldwide Status (IUCN Red List and Population Trend): Least Concern; Decreasing