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    Boreal Owl

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    Boreal Owl

    Aegolius funereus
    • ORDER: Strigiformes
    • FAMILY: Strigidae
    Basic Description

    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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    Other Names
    • Mochuelo Boreal (Spanish)
    • Nyctale de Tengmalm (French)

    Backyard Tips

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