Watchable Wildlife Manitoba

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared owl

Long-eared Owl
Photo by Robert R. Taylor
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The Long-eared Owl is relatively common in southern Manitoba but is rarely seen because it roosts in trees by day and hunts flying low to the ground by night. The Long-eared Owl resembles a Great Horned Owl but more slender and with smaller “ear” tufts.

The hoot of the male Long-eared Owl can be heard up to one kilometre away, but it is generally a quiet, inconspicuous bird. You might look for them in old stick nests made by other birds, in aspen bluffs or dense forests.

You have a good chance of finding the Long-eared Owl along the back half of the Dust to Diversity Trail at the Gerald W. Malaher WMA.

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