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Long-eared Owl Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Large, nocturnal, predatory bird
- Large, rounded head with long ear tufts
- Yellow eyes
- Rusty facial disks
- Gray-brown upperparts with small black and white
- White underparts with black cross-shaped markings
- Sexes similar
- Often roosts in dense conifers

Similar species

The Long-eared Owl is similar to the Great Horned Owl but has cross-shaped, not barred, markings on the underparts and is smaller. Other species of similarly-sized owls lack large ear tufts.
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