Alaska is home to at least 10 species of owls. Since 5 of these species can be found in our area of the state, the interior, we will focus on them. The Great Gray owl is the largest of the owl species, with a length of up to 33 inches. It is a night hunter, and relies on its hearing for the location of prey.
The Great Horned owl is a familiar species, both because of its ear tufts and also because of its call. Many of us have heard the resonant “Hoo, hoohoo” call at night. This is the next largest owl, with a length of up to 25 inches. This owl
relies on sight for locating prey.
The Northern Hawk owl can reach a length of 16 inches and is hawk-like in appearance. It is a day hunter.
The Short-eared owl is similar in size to the Hawk owl. It is a ground nester and the only species to migrate south.
And the smallest species in the interior is the Boreal Owl, about 10 inches in length. I
It is always thrilling to spot an owl. They are mysterious and quiet and can be somewhat intimidating with their wide-eyed stare. So add this to your list of animals that you want to see when you come to Alaska.