Short-eared Owl Photo Gallery
Short-ear Owls are commonly viewed on twilight hikes as they ready for nightly hunts.
What does the Short-eared Owl look like?
Short-eared Owls are medium sized birds of prey. They are blotchy brown overall with pale-streaked chests. They have large round heads with bright yellow eyes bursting out of tan facial discs, no ear tufts and dark barred wings and tails. Juveniles look similar to adults.
Short-eared Owl Habitat
Short-eared Owl Facts
Short-eared Owls are often spotted in the late afternoons preparing for their nightly hunts. They have a raspy bark-like call of "waowk, waowk, waowk." There are ten subspecies of Short-eared Owls, which are found on every continent except Antarctica and Australia. They have one of the larger ranges of owls; and are widely distributed around the world. Unlike most owls, Short-eared Owls will hunt during the daylight, often for voles which are a favorite prey.