It is easy to guess how the Short-Eared Owl got his name! This owl is known for their extremely short ears, which are so short that they are barely visible. They still have excellent hearing and are actually great communicators. They make a range of sounds, such as hooting, barking, hissing and squeaking sounds.
The Short-Eared Owl can grow up 15 inches and are usually a mottled brown or tawny. They have large heads and short necks and powerful hooked bills. They live in open areas, like grasslands, where they will actually rest on the ground.
The Short-Eared Owl feeds on various insects, rats, rabbits and various other small mammals. Even though they tend to hunt at night, they will also hunt in the day when their prey is plentiful. They’ll fly just above the ground while they look for food, which is quite a site to see if you’re lucky enough to witness it!