photo by Debbie Waters
Named for the large ear tufts that
extend above the head. The tufts are not really ears---most likely,
they act to camouflage the bird by breaking up its outline amidst
names: Cat owl, lesser horned owl, Wilson's owl.
habits: This owl hunts strictly at night. Its prey is
mice, rats, shrews, moles, bats, squirrels, chipmunks, pocket
gophers, young rabbits, quail, grouse, jays, starlings, other birds,
beetles, other insects, frogs, and small snakes.
habits: Nests in an old squirrel or crow nest, usually
10-40 feet up in a pine. It takes 26-28 days for the eggs to hatch,
and the young first fly at about 34 days.
males average 245 grams; females 280 grams
expectancy: A banded Long-eared Owl in Germany lived to
27 years, 9 months. One in America survived 9 years.
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