Short-eared Owl

Other Names:

Cataface, grass owl or short-horned hootlet.

Range:

Breed in Europe, Asia, North and South America, the Caribbean, Hawaii and the Galápagos Islands.

Some move south for the winter; may also relocate as they search for food.

Description:

These owls measure 13 - 17 inches (34 - 43 cm) in length. Females are slightly larger.

They have large heads and eyes, short necks and broad wings.  The short bill is hooked and black. The eyes are yellow-orange with black rings encircling each eye.

The plumage is mottled tawny to brown.  The tail and wings are barred.  The upper chest is heavily streaked.

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Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Bill Shape
hooked
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
aleutians
arizona
arkansas
baja california
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
hawaii
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
squared-tail
Wing Shape
long-wings
Habitat
mountains
Grasslands
Marshes
Color
brown
Body Shape
owl
Size
medium
Order
true owls, typical owls - strigidae
typical owls and barn owls - strigiformes
typical owls, "earless owls" - strix
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species