Thick vegetation near open grassland, shrub land, open forests
These are medium sized owls with prominent ear tufts. Overall plumage rufous brown with a slightly ligher belly
Unlike most owl species—which are solitary—long-eared owls roost in community groups of up to 50 owls during the winter months. These owls roost near the trunks of trees, where they stay very still and quiet. This behavior combined with their excellent camouflage keeps these owls from being noticed, even when roosting in large communal groups.
Incubation of 25 - 30 Days; 3-8 eggs per clutch
Night hunters, these owls have been shown under controlled conditions to catch mice in complete darkness.
|Wild Diet:||Small mammals|
|Predators:||Other raptors, including great horned and barred owls.|
|Where at the Zoo?||Discoveryland: Desert Canyon|