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Northern Hawk Owl

Surnia ulula

Description:

A bird of boreal forests, the Northern Hawk Owl is distinctive among owls for its morphology and behavior. In winters of food scarcity, it irrupts southward into southern Canada and the northern United States. (Cornell)

Notes:

The Northern Hawk Owl can detect prey by sight at a distance of up to 800 meters (half a mile). Though it is thought to detect prey primarily by sight, the Northern Hawk Owl can find and seize prey under 30 cm (1 foot) of snow. (Cornell)

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6 Comments

ChristosMaroulis
ChristosMaroulis 7 years ago

Very nice!!

Tom15
Tom15 7 years ago

Thanks Rieko for the nice comment.

RiekoS
RiekoS 7 years ago

Beautiful series.

Tom15
Tom15 7 years ago

Thanks Ashley and QWMom. These Hawk Owls certainly are interesting unique birds!

QWMom
QWMom 7 years ago

Very cool! It's like a morphological "missing link" between owl and harrier! :)

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago

This is awesome, Tom!

Tom15
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Tom15

Vermont, USA

Spotted on Jan 15, 2014
Submitted on Jan 16, 2014

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