Skip to main content

Boreal Owl Identification

Looking for ID Help?

Our free app offers quick ID help with global coverage.

Try Merlin Bird ID

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Small owl with a large square head without ear tufts. It has a stocky body and a short tail.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Northern Saw-whet Owl, smaller than a Barred Owl.

    Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 8.3-11.0 in (21-28 cm)
      • Weight: 3.3-7.6 oz (93-215 g)
      • Wingspan: 21.6-24.4 in (55-62 cm)