short-eared owl

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short-eared owl

[shawrt-eerd]
noun
a streaked, buffy brown, cosmopolitan owl, Asio flammeus, having very short tufts of feathers on each side of the head.
Also called prairie owl.


Origin:
1805–15, Americanism

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short-eared owl

(Asio flammeus), stocky bird of prey of the family Strigidae (order Strigiformes), about 40 cm (about 1.3 feet) long with a prominent facial disk. Among the most widely distributed of owls, it is circumpolar from the Arctic to the North Temperate Zone, occurs in Hawaii and much of South America, and migrates far south. Short erectile tufts (ear tufts) on the front of the head are rudimentary and inconspicuous. The bird is brown above with white spots, pale below with breast streaks.

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The silent short-eared owl cruises the evening skies.
In winter, look for patrolling northern harrier and short-eared owl.
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