IWRC Raptor ID Series
 
Short-eared Owl Characteristics
 

 
small ear tufts widely placed
usually flat against head
black patch on
underside of wing
yellow eyes
dark area surrounds eyes
black beak
blackish brown stripe
on body feathers
         
 
Two phases (brown & gray)
   
 
Brown phase
Photo courtesy
Cascades Raptor Center
Gray phase
(photo of gray
phase needed)
   
 
   
         
 
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