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Northern Hawk Owl
Surnia ulula

Owls
Typical-Owl Family (Strigidae)

Size: Length: 37-44 cm Wingspan: 84 cm

Description: This northern owl is an occasional year-round resident. It is a truly northern owl, rarely found south of the 49th parallel. The back is dark brown with white speckling. The breast is white with dark brown horizontal streaking. The crown is speckled black and white. The yellow eyes are surrounded by light coloured, but black bordered eye disks. The black extends part-way down the chest. The tail is quite long, with horizontal banding visible. The beak is yellow. It may be distinguished from the pygmy owl by its lack of false eyes on the back of its head. Its tail is longer than that of the boreal owl. They feed on small mammals and birds, swooping down from a favourite perch. The nest may be in an old crow or hawk nest, in the hollow top of a standing snag, or in a woodpecker hole.

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