Hinge got his name because he sounds like a squeaky gate when he calls for food. As a baby Long-Eared Owl he used to run across the floor (before he could fly) squeaking at the exact same interval, over and over again, like a gate or a sign blowing in the wind. When he’s had enough food he still tries to squeak but he opens his mouth and no sound comes out!
Long-eared Owl Facts
Asio otus, previously Strix otus
Long eared owl has an extensive range extending throughout North America, several Atlantic Islands, Europe and Asia as far as Japan. Partially migratory, moving south in winter from the northern parts of its temperate range.
Long-eared owls inhabit dense vegetation close to grasslands, as well as open forests shrub lands. They are common in tree belts along streams of plains and even desert oases. They can also be found in small tree groves, thickets surrounded by wetlands, grasslands, marshes and farmlands, they are secretive and rarely seen.
Hunting in open country, catching field voles, shrews other small rodents and birds
It nests in trees, often conifers using old sticks from other nest. Breeding season is from February to July, average clutch 4-6 eggs and the incubation time averages 25-30 days. Owlets begin to explore the nest and close branches around 3 weeks and are capable of flight from 5 weeks, they still rely on being fed for up to 2 months. Long-eared owls usually begin breeding at 1 year.
Long-eared owls are medium-sized owls. Females are generally much larger than males.
Females 260 – 435g 27 – 40cm long
Males 220 – 305g 35 – 37.5cm long
The wingspan of adults ranges from 90 to 100 cm.
11 years old is the Average age in the wild
27 years Oldest record in the wild