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 29 videos
An individual perched at its day roost Locality Ventura, Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp tuftsi)
Don DesJardin 30 November 2006 5 years ago 17 sec 4.8
A fledgling on a branch. Locality Fuente el Saz de Jarama, Madrid, Spain (ssp otus)
Alex García · Videoaves 31 May 2010 2 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 1 year 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 1 year ago 53 sec 4.3
A close up of one of 70 owls at this roost! Locality Hortobágy, Hajdú-Bihar County, Hungary (ssp otus)
Eric Roualet 23 October 2010 2 years ago 21 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 39 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 21 weeks ago 4.7
Locality Wadi Samak, Golan Heights, Israel (ssp otus)
Lior Kislev 13 January 2009 1 year ago 4.2
Locality Tilburg, North Brabant Province, Netherlands (ssp otus)
Paul Cools 16 February 2009 28 weeks 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 16 weeks ago 4.2
Locality Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp otus)
Fran Trabalon 14 August 2012 37 weeks ago 4.2