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Long-eared Owl? Toronto, Ontario (1 Viewer)

bicchawla

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Canada
Spotted this one today at Downsview Park today in Toronto... I'm still new to owl identification and just want to make sure I'm not mistaking this for a Great Horned.

Thanks as always.
 

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Hello,
your bird looks exactly=100% like a Long-eared Owlin Europe. So I feel confident to comment,even if your bird is from the US.

Edit: in Europe, I would write: please note
  • warm face cycle in contrast to colder plumage
  • white eye-brows and dark area below the eye, resulting in an good lokking face for this species. Not like a Short eared Owl, who gives the impression of not enough sleep and beeing disturbed from sleeping.
 
AFAIK Great Horned Owl always has barring on the lower breast and belly. The combination of narrow streaks and bars seen on this bird is characteristic of Long-eared Owl.
 
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