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Long-eared Owl

Owls are usually solitary or found in pairs, rarely flocking. In winter, this species (along with the short-eared owl) often forms communal roosts, mostly due to limited habitat availability or a bumper crop in available prey. This winter resident roosts mostly in thick cedars or junipers where the greenery shields them from cold wind and keeps them hidden from mobbing songbirds. The long-eared owl might look like a great horned owl on a diet, but it has more facial color and more black blotching on the underside.

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