Long-eared Owl

Scientific Name: Asio otus
Malay Name: Burung-Hantu Telinga-Panjang Biasa
Chinese Name: 长耳鸮
eBird Species page: Long-eared Owl

Widely distributed in North America and Eurasia.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: otus, canariensis, tuftsi, wilsonianus.

Local Subspecies: otus

Size: 35-40 cm

Similar in appearance to Short-eared Owl, but can be separated by strong streaks on underparts that extend down the belly and are accompanied by ventral barring. In flight, fine barring on wing tips (primaries), lack of white trailing edge, and orange irides.

Similar looking species: Short-eared Owl, Buffy Fish Owl

Habitat: Grasslands, shrublands, open forests, dense vegetation near open habitats.

Behaviour/Ecology: Nocturnal, takes long glides and also hovers while hunting. Has been observed in communal roosts outside of breeding season.

Local Status: Vagrant

Location: One individual at Marina East Drive on 20 Nov 2021, record awaiting assessment by Records Committee.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Marks, J. S., Evans, D. L., & Holt, D. W. (2020, March 4). Long-eared Owl. Birds of the Worldhttps://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/loeowl/cur/introduction

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