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Short-eared Owl

"Short-eared Owl"

Our Short eared Owl was given to us from Green Balkans Rescue Centre in Bulgaria. She is here as an ambassador of her species, due to her injuries she cannot fly and therefore not be released back to the wild. These owls spend time on Skomer Island each year and we will be doing some research to find out more about them. You can learn more about her and what you can do to support our owls daily in our 3.30pm conservation talk at the centre

 

SHORT-EARED OWL FACTS

Asio flammeus

  

TERRITORY/LOCATION

One of the world's most widely distributed owls, short eared owls can be found throughout much of North America and Eurasia.

HABITAT

Short-eared Owls inhabit wide open spaces such as grasslands, prairie, agricultural fields, salt marshes, estuaries, mountain meadows, and alpine and Arctic tundra.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

DIET

Small mammals deer mice, shrews, ground squirrels, pocket gophers, pocket mice, moles, rats, bats, rabbits, and muskrats are also taken. but sometimes take birds

SIZE/WEIGHT

The short-eared owl is a medium-sized owl measuring length 34–43 cm, weighing 206–475 g Females are generally much larger than males. The wingspan of adults ranges from 85 to 110 cm.

NESTING

Breeding season in the northern hemisphere lasts from March to June, peaking in April laying 1-11 eggs. Sexual maturity is attained at one year. Nesting on the ground in prairie, tundra, savanna, or meadow habitats. Nests are concealed by low vegetation, and may be lightly lined by weeds, grass, or feathers.

  

LIFE EXPECTANCY

4-5 years old is the Average age in the wild

21 years Oldest record in the wild

SCIENTIFIC

CLASSIFICATION

KINGDOM

Animalia

PHYLUM

Chordata

CLASS

Aves

ORDER

Strigiformes

FAMILY

Strigidae

GENUS

Asio

SPECIES

A. flammeus

DID YOU KNOW?

Short-eared owls have keen vision, especially in low light. They also use their excellent sense of hearing to help locate and capture prey. This species is threatened by the diminishing area of marshes, bogs, and open grasslands.

The British Bird Of Prey Centre

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