Northern Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) - HBW 5, p. 240
French: Hibou moyen-duc
Spanish: Búho Chico
Other common names: (Common) Long-eared Owl
Taxonomy: Strix Otus Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.
Forms superspecies with A. abyssinicus and A. madagascariensis, both of which have been treated as races of present species. Recent protein studies indicate unusually large genetic distance between present species and A. flammeus. Given nomadic tendencies of species, subspecific status of tuftsi questionable, possibly inseparable from wilsonianus. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- otus (Linnaeus, 1758) - Eurasia, from British Is and Iberia E to Sea of Okhotsk, S to Mediterranean islands, Middle East, N Pakistan (has bred) and Japan, with isolated population in EC China; also Azores, and NW Africa (Morocco to NW Tunisia).
- canariensis Madarász, 1901 - Canary Is.
- tuftsi Godfrey, 1948 - W Canada (S Yukon, S British Columbia E to Saskatchewan) S to Mexico (NW Baja California, Nuevo Leon) and S USA (W Texas).
- wilsonianus (Lesson, 1830) - from SC & SE Canada (Manitoba E to Nova Scotia) S in USA to N Oklahoma and Virginia.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 37 videos
A closeup from a bird in a tree, looking down. Locality Dronten, Flevoland Province, Netherlands (ssp otus )
Yoel Jimenez 6 December 2013 1 day ago ADDED LAST WEEK 1 min 11 sec 4.8
A fledgling on a branch. Locality Fuente el Saz de Jarama, Madrid, Spain (ssp otus)
Alex García · Videoaves 31 May 2010 3 years ago 40 sec 4.7
Filmed in the city of Dülmen Locality Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Christian Wiesmann 26 December 2011 1 year ago 44 sec 4.4
front view of recently fledged juvenile preening Locality Dongxia Scenic Area, Xining, Qinghai, China (Northern) (ssp otus)
Martin Kennewell 2 July 2011 2 years ago 57 sec 4.4
rear/side view of very recently fledged juvenile, turns on branch Locality Dongxia Scenic Area, Xining, Qinghai, China (Northern) (ssp otus)
Martin Kennewell 2 July 2011 2 years ago 53 sec 4.3
An individual perched at its day roost Locality Ventura, Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp tuftsi)
Don DesJardin 30 November 2006 6 years ago 17 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 45 photos
A nest with adult and chicks, one of them eating a vole - Un nido con adulto y pollos crecidos (uno de ellos comiéndose un topil
Locality Cantabria, Spain (ssp otus)
José M. Formentí 1 May 2001 49 weeks ago 4.7
resting on a branch
Locality South Holland Province, Netherlands
Rob Belterman 29 June 2013 23 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Wadi Samak, Golan Heights, Israel (ssp otus)
Lior Kislev 13 January 2009 2 years ago 4.2
Locality Tilburg, North Brabant Province, Netherlands (ssp otus)
Paul Cools 16 February 2009 1 year ago 4.2
An alert bird.
Locality Bronte Creek Provincial Park, Bronte, Oakville, Ontario, Canada (ssp wilsonianus)
Jim Watt 1 February 2009 4 years ago 4.2
an owl roosting on a branch of a tree
Paolo Piazza 26 January 2013 45 weeks ago 4.2
Adult calling before flying
Locality Kerami, Kalloni, Lesbos Island, North Aegean Region, Greece
Joe Angseesing 26 April 2013 27 weeks ago 5
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Male song, imitation Andreas Lindén from Finland Locality Finland
Eric Roualet 8 August 2013 15 weeks ago 4
Juveniles begging for food. Locality Sweden
AnteStrand 20 June 2010 3 years ago 4
Three juvelines calling. Locality Essonne, Île-de-France, France
Julien Rochefort 13 August 2007 4 years ago 4