Short-eared Owl (species: Asio flammeus) in Birds of Ecuador (Gaia Guide)
Asio flammeus
Short-eared Owl

©óskar elías sigurðsson: Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

©letthere_belight: Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

©Steve Garvie: Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae
Genus Asio
Species Asio flammeus



Distinguishing features

Females are slightly larger than males. It has large eyes, a big head, a 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.

Its yellow-orange eyes 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.

Its flight is characteristically floppy due to its irregular wingbeats.


  • From 34 cm to 43 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 85 cm to 110 cm



©Jonathan Hornung: Distribution Map

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Recorded at Lescar, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine in France.

© Bernard Bousquet

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