Tags: Boreal Forest, Eurasia, North America, bird, carnivore, predator
The boreal owl has a great sense of hearing. Photo by Steven Katovich, USDA Forest Service, Image Source
What does the boreal owl look like?
Boreal owls are small owls. They grow to be about ten inches tall. The boreal owl is brown with white spots and has long wings and a large head. It has yellow eyes and a white face with a dark outline.
Where do boreal owls live?
Boreal owls live in dense forest. They like living in the boreal forest and highland forests. The trees they prefer are stands of spruce, aspen, poplar, birch, and fir. They do not build nests, but take over abandoned woodpecker holes or tree cavities. Boreal owls breed in isolated places high in the Rocky Mountains.
They can be found in Alaska, Canada, northern Eurasia. They can also be found in far northern Minnesota and the mountains of the western United States.
What does a boreal owl eat?
Boreal owls eats large insects, small mammals, and small birds.
Interesting facts about the boreal owl:
Female boreal owls are larger than males. These owls find their prey by sound. Their ear openings are actually asymmetrical. This means that on the owl’s head one opening is higher than the other. This allows the owl to tell exactly where a sound comes from. It can actually find mice through vegetation or even under snow.
Map of the boreal owl’s range. Achim Raschka
Photo by Achim Raschka, USDA Forest Service
Vanner, Michael. The Complete Encyclopedia of North American Birds. Bath, UK: Parragon Publishing, 2005.