North America, Europe, Asia
Medium-sized owls with characteristics eye disks. They measure 12 - 16 inches or 31 - 40 cm in length. The females are slightly larger in size and are darker plumaged.
Their blackish ear-tufts are positioned in the center of the head. The brownish feathers are vertically streaked. The legs and claws are feathered. The eyes are orange (yellow in the similar short-eared Owl).