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NORTHERN HAWK OWL

The Northern Hawk Owl gets its name from its hawk-like profile, though its body is broader than that of a hawk. It is distinctive among its owl bretheren...

... for its morphology an distinct behavior.  The Northern Hawk Owl can detect prey by sight at a distance of up to one-half mile and, with its keen hearing, can actually find and seize prey hidden under up to a foot of snow.

It is considered medium size among the owl species and is recognized by its short pointed wings, white face with black border, lack of ear tuffs, dark crown and forehead with white spots, white and brown striped breast, as well as its long tapered tail, which distinguishes it from other American owls.

It can be found in open to moderately dense coniferous and deciduous forests and nests in tree cavities, tops of broken tree stubs and occassionally on cliffs. The Northern Hawk Owl perches and hunts from an open perch and unlike most owls it most often hunts in broad daylight.

 

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