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Short-Eared Owl

Asio flammeus


In Scotland this species of owl is often referred to as a cataface, grass owl or short-horned hootlet. Owls belonging to genus Asio are known as the eared owls, as they have tufts of feathers resembling mammalian ears. These "ear" tufts may or may not be visible. Asio flammeus will display its tufts when in a defensive pose. However, its very short tufts are usually not visible. The Short-eared Owl is found in open country and grasslands. The word flammeus is Latin for "flaming, or the color of fire". Over much of its range, Short-eared Owls occurs with the similar-looking Long-eared Owl. At rest, the ear-tufts of Long-eared Owl serve to easily distinguish the two (although Long-eared Owl can sometimes hold its ear-tufts flat).


Very skiddish and alert.

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Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Thanks Yuko :)

YukoChartraw 11 years ago

Amazing shots!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Thank you Emily! Yeah definitely start owl hunting. The nice thing about the Long-Eared and Short-Eared is they are often found close to each other and both are diurnal.

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

Oh man! Another one I'm jealous of! I need to start owl hunting! ;) More great shots!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

haha thanks Dixie. Me too :)

Dixie 11 years ago

I'm so jealous! Great shots. I love in-flight pictures.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

thanks Gator :)

gatorfellows 11 years ago

nice :)

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

yeah he cam close to try and figure out what i was hiding in the bushes ;p

Leighannimal 11 years ago

wow! he's looking right at you :o

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Thanks again Kalee :)

great shots!

Josh Asel
Spotted by
Josh Asel

California, USA

Spotted on Jan 7, 2013
Submitted on Jan 7, 2013

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