Long-eared Owl

Asio otus

(A. o. otus )

Armenian Name: Ականջավոր բու
Long-eared Owl

See Plate 35 for Long-eared Owl and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:35-37 cm, Wing Span:90-100 cm
Distribution Map: Map 184.
Description: Finely patterned owl with long wings, orange eyes, and long ear tufts.
Adult: Brown-orange facial disc outlined in black, and boldly-streaked underparts.
Juvenile: Downy ear tufts and grayer plumage with distinct barring.
Similar Species: Differs from Short-eared Owl by darker underparts, longer ear tufts, and orange eyes.
Behavior: Strictly nocturnal. Roosts during day on side branches close to trunk, in dense foliage.
Habitat: Open forests, river gorges, isolated groves, parks.
Food: Small birds, rodents.
Nest: Old nest of crow or magpie.
Eggs: 42 mm, 3-6, white.