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Northern Hawk Owl

Northern Hawk Owl
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Copyright: Carl Adam Wegenschimmel (Carl-Adam) (53)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-12 13:57
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Northern Hawk Owl

Surnia ulula Order STRIGIFORMES - Family STRIGIDAE

Coniferous or mixed forests near open areas.


Mostly small mammals, especially voles. Also some birds, especially in winter.



Hunts by day or night. Perches on prominent treetops, detecting prey by sight. Also has keen hearing, and can take prey completely concealed by snow.


Nest Type

Nests in cavities, including old woodpecker nests, and hollow tops of broken tree trunks. No structure built.

Egg Description


Clutch Size

3-13 eggs.
Condition at Hatching

Helpless and covered in white down.

Conservation Status

No immediate known conservation concern.

Other Names

Chouette épervière (French)
Lechuza gavilana (Spanish)
Hawk Owl; Northern Hawk-Owl (English)

Sources used to construct this page: from all about birds.

Duncan, J. R., and P. A. Duncan. 1998. Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula). In The Birds of North America, No. 356 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

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