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owl Long-Eared Owls

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Scientific name:  Asio otus

Size:  Approximately 35cm.  Wingspan around 90cm

Distribution:  Found through most of the UK except north Scotland, South Wales and the south west of England

Months seen:  All year round

Habitat:  Found mainly in coniferous woodland close to open countryside/farmland

Food:  Mice, voles and small birds

Special features:  Not common, and nocturnal, so the long-eared owl can be difficult to find.  Smaller than the Tawny Owl.  When perched it can be recognised by the bright orange eyes and long 'ear' tufts which give its name.  In fact they aren't ears, just feathers, which can be raised or lowered depending on the mood of the owl.

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