Northern Hawk Owl

Latin Name Surina ulula
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae
IUCN status Least concern
Habitat Open boreal coniferous forest with moorland
Distribution North America and Eurasia

General Information

Mainly a diurnal bird hunting for small mammals, in particular, lemmings and voles.

The male often chooses an abandoned tree hollow of a large woodpecker to establish a nest site. The female will lay 5 to 13 eggs with a 1 to 2 day interval.

The male feeds the female as she incubates the eggs for 25 to 30 days. By the end of August the young are independent of the parents but are not sexually mature until the end of their first year.

Fun Fact

Unusual call – a purring melodious trill lasting approx 3 to 4 seconds.

Keeper Notes

Our pair have been partnered together since autumn 2012. The female came from London Zoo to partner our widowed male, Chris, who came from a private breeder.

We are hoping this unusual breed of owl will be successful breeding in the future.