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Short-eared Owl Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks
1998
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Abstract: The Short-eared Owl has tawny plumage with dark streaks on the underparts. When it flies, black patches can be seen near the bend of the underwings. It is a medium-sized owl, about the size of a crow, with a body length of 34 to 42 centimetres and a wingspan of about 100 centimetres. Males weigh around 315 grams. Females are about 65 grams heavier. This owl’s short “ears” are really just tufts of feathers on top of its head, and are so small they can only be seen at very close range. The real ears are hidden under the feathers at the side of the head. Short-eared Owls are mostly quiet birds, although when courting and nesting they make a variety of barking or yapping calls. They are most active at dawn and dusk, instead of at night like most other owls. They usually fly close to the ground, with flopping, erratic mothlike wingbeats. Sometimes they pause and hover before pouncing on their prey.
 
Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. 1998. Short-eared Owl. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Wildlife at Risk Factsheet
 
Topic: Conservation + Mgmt (Wildlife, Fish, Plant)
Keywords: short-eared owl, asio flammeus, wildlife at risk, endangered, threatened
ISSN:  Scientific Name: Asio flammeus
ISBN:  English Name: Short-eared Owl
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