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The Long-eared Owl is a medium-sized woodland Owl. They have prominent ear tufts sitting in the middle of the head. Plumage is brown and buff, with heavy mottling and barring over most of the body. Male plumage tends to be lighter than females. The eyes are golden yellow, facial disk pale to rufous, and the bill is black. The legs and feet are heavily feathered. Juveniles are similar to adults but less heavily marked. The head tufts are shorter and less defined and facial disk darker. Body feathers are tipped with greyish white. Though widespread and relatively common in its range, it is rarely seen.
A bird of temperate forests, the Long-eared Owl roosts and nests in trees by day and hunts in open areas by night.
Not ten feet away from me, this owl drew a crowd being so comfortable with people.