Long eared owls are widespread birds that live and breed in North America, Asia and Europe. Their common name comes from their long ear tufts, which help them appear larger to potential predators.
Owls are some of the oldest birds, dating back to around 65million years ago. Though owls are birds of prey, they are notclosely related to hawks or eagles, and their closest livingrelatives are birds known as nightjars. Of the five subspecies oflong eared owl, two can be found in the United States. They canmainly be separated from each other by the color of their prominentfacial discs. Western birds have more orange-ish feathers on theirfaces, as can be seen in our figurine.