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Short-eared Owl,Coruja-do-nabal

Asio Flammeus


Asio flammeus, the Short-eared Owl, is a medium-sized owl measuring 34–43 cm (13–17 in) in length and weighing 206–475 g (7.3–16.8 oz). It has large eyes, big head, short neck, and broad wings. Its bill is short, strong, hooked and black. Its plumage is mottled tawny to brown with a barred tail and wings. The upper breast is significantly streaked (Alsop 2001). Its flight is characteristically floppy due to its irregular wingbeats. The Short-eared Owl may also be described as "moth or bat-like" in flight. Wingspans range from 85 to 110 cm (33 to 43 in). Females are slightly larger than males. The yellow-orange eyes of A. flammeus are exaggerated by black rings encircling each eye, giving the appearance of them wearing Mascara, and large, whitish disks of plumage surrounding the eyes like a mask


The Short-eared Owl occurs on all continents except Antarctica and Australia; thus it has one of the largest distributions of any bird. A. flammeus breeds in Europe, Asia, North and South America, the Caribbean, Hawaii and the Galápagos Islands. It is partially migratory, moving south in winter from the northern parts of its range. The Short-eared Owl is known to relocate to areas of higher rodent populations (Ehrlich 1988). It will also wander nomadically in search of better food supplies during years when vole populations are low. See a map of the Short-eared Owl's distribution across the New World


spotted in the Vila Nova de Gaia biological Park unfortnly this one cant return to the wild

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AntónioGinjaGinja 5 years ago

thanks Willie,i was tallking with my wife about that fact also,incredible how human been can be good,it's a question of personal choise ,i'ts good news for the future,bur for other side is amazing how humans can be bad to animal's :( lets hope that in future sociaty's can lived with wild life a more equilibrate relationship,for now we,as species, are making a nasty joob in preserving wilkd life habitats,lets hope my friend :)

williefromwi 5 years ago

very nice photo of this captive bird, we can be thankful that there are many places that will care for birds, and animals that can not fend for themselves in the wild any longer.

AntónioGinjaGinja 5 years ago

looks like a lady :)
@thanks Mayra
@thanks New Yorker

Evergreen 5 years ago

Adorable owl.

MayraSpringmann 5 years ago

So beautiful!!

AntónioGinjaGinja 5 years ago

Thanks Ava,i'am trieing to put the avalable info in the new's spottings that i'am loading,it feel better than putting only the link,it is more easy to acess for the others

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 5 years ago

Beautiful bird. Thanks for the information.

AntónioGinjaGinja 5 years ago

Thanks Emma i love nigth birds :)

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 5 years ago

great spotting and info!

Cedofeita, St Ildefonso, Sé , Miragaia, S. Nicolau e Vitória, Portugal

Lat: 41.15, Long: -8.61

Spotted on Jun 13, 2012
Submitted on Jun 21, 2012

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