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Long Eared Owl, Buho chico (Spanish) or Hibou moyen-duc (French)

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The Long-Eared Owl is a medium sized owl which is approximately 35 centimeters long (around 13 inches) and weighs 8-15 ounces. It is called long eared because of the tuft of feather on its head that look like ears.


Found in dense wooded area, near open fields. This bird hunts in open fields at night, and roosts in very dense cover very near where it hunts.


The pictures are of 3 of the at least 14 Long-eared Owls that roosted together this winter. Please note that the map location is simply placed to show they roosted in Southeastern Wisconsin. Long-eared Owls are the only Owl that I know of that roost communally ( in groups).

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Joseph R. Godreau
Joseph R. Godreau 7 years ago

Awesome photo!!!

williefromwi 8 years ago

Thanks WIld Things, InêsVeloso, beaker98, and Desmond.E.S.O for your kind words.

M.A. Orendan
M.A. Orendan 8 years ago

Incredible photo series !

williefromwi 8 years ago

Thanks Louis and armadeus.4

Desmond.E.S.O 8 years ago

Awesome Bird!

beaker98 8 years ago

Wonderful photos and congratulations!

InêsVeloso 8 years ago

just amazing!!

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Congrats Will!

williefromwi 8 years ago

Thank you so very very much, AshleyT and the Project Noah Rangers for choosing my photos as the spotting of the day. I am truly honored.

armadeus.4 8 years ago


LuisStevens 8 years ago

Congrats Willie!

AshleyT 8 years ago

Congrats Willie, these amazing photos of the long-eared owl have been chosen as Spotting of the Day!



williefromwi 8 years ago

Thank you Reza Hashemizadeh, and Francisco Ramírez for your kind words on my spotting.

Outstanding !

Francisco Ramírez
Francisco Ramírez 8 years ago

Elegant & sophisticated owl !!!!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Spotted on Feb 5, 2016
Submitted on Feb 25, 2016

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