Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) - HBW 5, p. 209
French: Chouette épervière
Spanish: Cárabo Gavilán
Other common names: Hawk Owl
Taxonomy: Strix Ulula Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.
Relationships uncertain; placed near Glaucidium, which with Xenoglaux, Micrathene and Athene comprise tribe Surniini, on basis of osteology and DNA. Siberian populations, formerly separated as pallasi, included in nominate. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- ulula (Linnaeus, 1758) - N Eurasia E to Kamchatka and Sakhalin, C Siberia S to Tarbagatay.
- tianschanica Smallbones, 1906 - C Asia and NW & NE China, possibly also N Mongolia.
- caparoch (P. L. S. Müller, 1776) - Alaska through Canada to Newfoundland, S to extreme N USA.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 51 videos
A bird feeding on a brown rat (Rattus norvegicus). Locality Rost Island, Nordland County, Norway (ssp ulula)
Eric Roualet 23 September 2013 9 weeks ago 30 sec 4.7
A bird with its prey, feeding a little and looking at it Locality Rost Island, Nordland County, Norway (ssp ulula)
Eric Roualet 23 September 2013 9 weeks ago 20 sec 4.7
A closer view of a bird feeding on a brown rat Locality Rost Island, Nordland County, Norway (ssp ulula)
Eric Roualet 23 September 2013 9 weeks ago 24 sec 4.7
problaly an immature, very rare in the Netherlands, the 4th record Locality Zwolle, Overijssel Province, Netherlands (ssp ulula)
Daniêl Jimenez 25 November 2013 2 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 1 min 13 sec 4.6
Different views of this amazing Owl was very active during the day. This was the 4th record for the Nederlands. Locality Zwolle, Overijssel Province, Netherlands (ssp ulula)
Yoel Jimenez 25 November 2013 2 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 1 min 40 sec 4.6
An individual perched on a dead trunk, eating a prey and turning around. Locality Flesberg, Buskerud County, Norway (ssp ulula)
Robert Flood 1 July 2013 19 weeks ago 1 min 43 sec 4.6
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A juvenile bird flying
Locality Greater Poland Province, Poland
Krzysztof Blachowiak 10 November 2013 4 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4.9
This photo shows the hawk owl in hover mode, he has stopped over his prey and about to pounce. Rob McKay
Locality Ontario, Canada (ssp caparoch)
Rob McKay 1 March 2008 4 years ago 4.7
Northern Hawk Owl - Chouette épervière
Locality Pincourt, Île Perrot, Quebec, Canada (ssp caparoch)
rachelita 14 February 2010 3 years ago 4.7
A bird on a branch, looking at the photographer, at Central Yakutia.
Locality Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Eastern Russia, Russia
Alexdersu 7 June 2009 1 year ago 4.6
Found a total of 4 hawk owls north east of Calgary Albert
Locality Alberta, Canada (ssp caparoch)
Rob McKay 21 February 2009 4 years ago 4.6
Side view of bird looking at observer perched on top of a branch.
Locality Alaska, USA (United States) (ssp caparoch)
Pete Morris 11 June 2004 1 week ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4.5