Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

A Reference for North and Central American Owls

The Short-eared Owl is a medium sized owl that nests on the ground. It is found on several of the continents across the world. At dusk, it can often be seen flying low off the ground while coursing open areas hunting or resting on fence posts, often near its daytime roost. It is the most crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk) of all the owls. Records of longevity in the US are few and would indicate a short life although there are more European records that show a much longer life. For a widespread species, research is lacking as is similar with most of the owls.

Here you will find photos, recordings and a brief field notes section to help identify, find, and enjoy this beautiful owl species. A more in depth write up and range map can be found on its natural history page.

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