Boreal Owl (species: Aegolius funereus) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Aegolius funereus
Boreal Owl

©Mdf: Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus)

©vil.sandi: Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus)

©Daniel A. Leifheit, Denali National Park and Preserve: Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae
Genus Aegolius
Species Aegolius funereus



Distinguishing features

Underparts are whitish streaked with rust. The head is large, with yellow eyes and a white facial disc, and a "surprised" appearance. The beak is light yellow colored rather than dark like its relative the Northern Saw-whet Owl. The flight is strong and direct. Young birds are chocolate brown. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 27 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 62 cm



©Achim Raschka: Distribution Map

Audio recordings


Recorded at Hoge Venen, LiƩge in Belgium.

© Peter Boesman


This small owl eats mainly voles and other mammals but also birds as well as insects and other invertebrates. (Wikipedia)

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