These owls are around 39-43 cm in length and get their name from their lined feathers which appear very hawk-like, also their apperance in flight is similar to that of a hawk though their heads are bigger than they would be on a hawk.
In more northern territories the owls prefer to feed mainly on a diet of voles but in other places include mammals and other birds.
Hawk Owls are very protective of their young, flying at and attacking any person who goes to close to their young.
They nest in hollow trees or tree stumps.
This article is part of Project Aves, a All Birds project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each bird, including made-up species.