Short-eared Owl

Asio flammeus

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

SEOW

Code 6

ASIFLA

ITIS

HEAD

Short-eared Owl Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Hooked
  • Eye Color: Typically bright yellow, but black-brown is also documented in one adult bird.
  • Head pattern: Crested or plumed, Streaked, Unique pattern, Eyebrow
  • Crown Color: White, brown, and buff mottling.
  • Forehead Color: White facial disk with dark border.
  • Nape Color: Pale red-brown with dark streaking.
  • Throat Color: Buff with dark brown streaking.
  • Cere color: Brown

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BODY

Short-eared Owl Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 33-43 cm (13-17 in)
  • Weight: 315 g (11.1 oz)
  • Size: Medium (9 - 16 in)
  • Color Primary: Brown
  • Underparts: Pale buff with dark streaking and buff upper breast with bold streaking.
  • Upperparts: Pale and dark brown mottling.
  • Back Pattern: Mottled
  • Belly Pattern: Striped or streaked
  • Breast Pattern: Striped or streaked

FLIGHT

Short-eared Owl Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Buoyant flight.
  • Wingspan Range: 91-112 cm (36-44 in)
  • Wing Shape: Long-Wings
  • Tail shape: Squared Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Brown barred.
  • Upper Tail: Buff with pale brown barring.
  • Under Tail: Buff-white
  • Leg Color: Feathered in buff.
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