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Boreal Owl


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A small owl of boreal and montane forests, the Boreal Owl is found throughout Alaska and Canada, and across northern Eurasia, as well. It is found in the lower 48 states only in the mountains of the West, in extreme northern Minnesota, and as an occasional winter visitor to the northern states.

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  • Male primary/staccato song
  • Male prolonged staccato song
  • Male subdued staccato song
  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Song a series of low, whistled toots.


  • Screech
  • Food delivery call
  • Nestling peep and male food delivery call
  • Nestling chatter and female peep call
  • Various calls at nest
  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Search the Macaulay Library online archive for more sounds and videos