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Short-eared Owl

In Alberta, the Short-eared Owl is found in the Grassland (area where grasses are the main plant) and the Parkland (area between grasslands and forest where both trees and grasses grow) Natural Regions. The Short-eared Owl is one of the few types of North American owls that build their nests on the ground. It got the name short-eared because of the little ear tufts on top of its head. Their feathers range in colour from a light brownish-orange to white. The Short-eared Owl likes to hunt at night while flying just above the trees and shrubs. They can also hover, like a helicopter, holding their position in the wind with little wing movement.

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl