Short-eared Owl

Asio flammeus

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  • Short-eared Owl |  Photo: Kohl, OR Dept. F&W
  • Short-eared Owl |  Photo: Kohl, OR Dept. F&W
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Basic Information

Order

Strigiformes

Family

Strigidae

Size

Short and eared Owls grow between 13.25 and 17 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 21.75 years

Weight

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) facts, habitat, range, owl pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the bird of prey.

Diet

Short-eared Owls are carnivores that prey on small mammals and other birds.

Behavior

Soaring

Range

Nationwide

Nest Placement

Ground

Number of Offspring

4-7 Eggs

Egg Description

Cream White

Condition at Hatching

Feeble, eyes closed, down covered

Social Status

Solitary, Winter Flocks

Wingspan

33.25–40.75 in

Observation Tips

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

Grasslands

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.

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