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Boreal Owl
Aegolius funereus

Owls
Typical-Owl Family (Strigidae)

Size: Length: 21-31 cm

Description: An uncommon year-round resident, the boreal owl sports a stunned expression. Its yellow eyes are surrounded by a white facial disk outlined in black. The brown head is white speckled, and appears flat-topped. This adds to the strange facial appearance. The bill is light coloured. The throat is white, while the back and wings are brown with white speckles. The breast is light with slight vertical bands of brown. Boreal owls are highly sought after by birders as they are rarely seen, and their range is limited to northern climes. They feed on small mammals and insects. The northern saw-whet owl is smaller and has a dark beak. Boreal owls prefer to nest in abandoned flicker or pileated woodpecker holes. The call is a high pitched, trilling, "hoo-oo-oo-oo-oot".

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