Long Eared Owl
Artist : Barrie Morris
Media : Mixed Media
Size : 40 x 50 cm. (plus frame)

Price : Withheld

Status : SOLD

LONG EARED OWL (Asio otus)                                                                             FEBRUARY

The medium-sized Long Eared Owl, with its surprised expression, is also known as the Northern Long Eared Owl. Incredibly, it raises its head feathers when alarmed. Known as ‘eartufts’, these are not actually ears. Its penetrative stare is mirrored in its intense deep orange eyes and buff brown body with darker brown streaks giving it an imposing presence. Its habitat lies in dark, forested, mysterious, coniferous landscapes.It is resident in most of the UK all year round. However birds in the north of the country are migratory, returning there to breed. Small birds and rodents, especially voles, satisfy its hunger. Once its prey has been spotted, the Owl swoops down flying in a zig-zag pattern scanning the ground for food, and bites the back of its victim’s head, instantly immobilising it. Long Eared Owls are nocturnal and secretive, rarely spotted other than on migration or when leaving or returning to a communal roost site. Although Long Eared Owls do not build conventional nests, they will gather a few twigs and the like on which to lay their eggs – three to five is typical. In ancient Greek folklore, this Owl was considered rather unintelligent with the term ‘otus’ meaning simpleton. The bird often falls prey to other larger avian predators.