A Reference for North and Central American Owls
The Long-eared Owl is found around the world in the Northern Hemisphere. In North America it is similar in color to the Great Horned Owl but is smaller, thinner and its chest bars have vertical cross streaks. In flight it is similar in appearance to the Short-eared Owl. It can be separated from from this species by its darker underside color, orange face, and underside cross baring as oppose to the vertical underside streaking of the Short-eared Owl. Winter roosts can have up to 70 birds and are generally used year after year. Here you will find photos, recordings and a discussion in its field notes section to help find, identify, and enjoy this beautiful owl.
A more in depth write up can be found on its natural history page.