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Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Asio flammeus
The Short-eared Owl has feather tufts resembling ears, which may or may not be easily visible. This owl is of crow-size with a mottled colour pattern and bars across the tail. A distinctive buff patch can be seen on the upper surface of the wing. This owl may commonly nest on the ground in shrubbery, or in fields where voles are their main source of prey. Photo by Nathan Rupert


Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology: Short-eared Owl Profile and Call

The Owl Pages