Short-eared Owl

(Asio flammeus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

S3B - Vulnerable Breeding

Minnesota

Special Concern

Species in Greatest Conservation Need

Occurrence

Uncommon to rare migrant, regular nester

Habitat

Large open areas, grasslands, meadows, marshes, bogs, pastures, airports

Size

13 to 17in length

36 to 48 wingspan


Identification

This is a medium-sized owl with short, inconspicuous ear tufts, black eye sockets, and yellow eyes. The underside of the wing has a dark “wrist” crescent and black wing tips.

 
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Food

It hunts during the day, flying low over grasslands. The wingbeats are long and slow.

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

Early March to late April and late September to December


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Taxonomy

Order:

Strigiformes (owls)

 

Family:

Strigidae (typical owls)

 

Subfamily:

Asioninae

 
Subordinate Taxa

Cuban Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus cubensis) (not universally recognized)

Galapagos Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus galapagoensis)

Hawaiian Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus sandwichensis)

Hispaniolan Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus domingensis)

Northern Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus flammeus)

Pohnpei Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus ponapensis)

Porto Rican Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus portoricensis)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus bogotensis)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus pallidicaudus)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus sanfordi)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus suinda)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  An Introduction to the Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) - by Wild Owl
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Published on Jul 8, 2012

This short film by owl conservationist Ian McGuire takes a brief look at the nomadic owl that is active during the day - the short-eared owl.

For more information on British owls please visit the Wild Owl website at www.wildowl.co.uk

 
     
  Separating Short-eared and Long-eared Owls
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Uploaded on Dec 22, 2011

As difficult species go, the Long and Short-eared Owl pairing are amongst the most challenging to identify, especially in flight. The latest identification video from the BTO offers tips on how to separate both, in flight, perched and by calls.

 
     
  Short-eared Owl -Asio flammeus- コミミズク.mpg
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Uploaded on Mar 17, 2010

Asio flammeus, the Short-eared Owl, is a medium-sized owl averaging 3443 cm (13 to 17 inches) in length and weighing 206475 grams (11 to 13 ounces). It has large eyes, big head, short neck, and broad wings. Its bill is short, strong, hooked and black. Its plumage is mottled tawny to brown with a barred tail and wings. The upper breast is significantly streaked (Alsop 2001). Wingspans range from 85 to 103 cm (38 to 44 inches). Females are slightly larger than males. The yellow-orange eyes of A. flammeus are exaggerated by black rings encircling each eye, and large, whitish disks of plumage surrounding the eyes like a mask.

The Short-eared Owl occurs on all continents except Antarctica and Australia; thus it has one of the largest distributions of any bird. A. flammeus breeds in Europe, Asia, North and South America, the Caribbean, Hawaii and the Galápagos Islands. It is partially migratory, moving south in winter from the northern parts of its range.
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  Gufo di Palude (Asio Flammeus)
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  An Evening with a Short Eared Owl
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Published on Jan 26, 2015

An evening with a Short Eared Owl at Stanwood, Washington.

 
     

 

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