Plumage reddish yellow, variegated with gray and dusky brown: egrets elongated, composed of eight or ten feathers.

Strix Otus, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. I. p. 102. Long-eared Owl, Mont. Orn. Diet. Selb. Illust. vol. I. p. 85. pl. 20. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. i. p. 56.

Dimensions

Entire length fourteen inches: length of the tail six inches; of the egrets one inch three lines; from the carpus to the end of the wing eleven inches six lines.

Description

Upper parts of a yellowish rust-colour, irregularly marked and spotted with deep brown, gray and cinereous: egrets of eight or ten black feathers, edged with yellow and white: under parts orange-yellow, with oblong and arrow-shaped streaks of dusky brown: quills and tail barred with brownish black: tarsal feathers yellow, without spots: bill dusky: irides rich orange-yellow. (Female). Throat and face white: rest of the plumage like that of the male, but much mottled in places with grayish white. (Egg). Oval; smooth: white: long. diam. one inch eight lines and a half; trans, diam. one inch three lines and a half.

Found in wooded districts not very uncommonly. Partial to fir-plantations and old ivy, where it breeds early in the Spring, laying from four to five eggs: these are hatched towards the end of April. Remains with us the whole year.