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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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Song a series of low, whistled toots.


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

Backyard Tips

Consider putting up a nest box to attract a breeding pair. Make sure you put it up well before breeding season. Attach a guard to keep predators from raiding eggs and young. Find out more about nest boxes on our Attract Birds pages. You'll find plans for building a nest box of the appropriate size on our All About Birdhouses site.