Short-eared Owl

Scientific Name: Asio flammeus
Common Name: Short-eared Owl

Identifying Features: large yellow-orange eyes, black rings encircling eyes, big head, short neck, broad wings, short black bill, white and brown body, females larger than males.

Fun Facts:

  • The short-eared owl occurs on all continents except Antarctica and Australia; thus it has one of the most widespread distributions of any bird.
  • This owl is known to lure predators away from its nest by appearing to have a crippled wing.
  • These owls are generally monogamous.


This image was clicked by oskar elias sigurosson – via Flickr.

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