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Northern Hawk Owl

Northern hawk-owl

Finland, June 2003
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
Genus: Surnia
Binomial name
Surnia ulula

The Northern Hawk Owl, Surnia ulula, is a medium sized owl. The term "hawk" refers to its falcon-like wing shape and long tail.

It is found in the boreal forests of North America and Eurasia, usually on the edges of more open woodland.

This is a partially diurnal owl, which hunts voles and birds like thrusheses. It is not migratory, but occasionally erupts south of its breeding range.