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What does the short eared owl eat?

Last Updated: 1st January, 2020

Short-eared Owls eat mainly small mammals, but sometimes take birds. Meadow voles (Microtus species) are the primary prey. Deer mice, shrews, ground squirrels, pocket gophers, pocket mice, moles, rats, bats, rabbits, and muskrats are also taken.

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Also know, what does the short eared owl do in the ecosystem?

Short-eared owls roost, forage, and nest at inland open areas, such as fallow fields, hay fields, grasslands, airports, and sedge meadows. They are very sensitive to human activity. They require large tracts of undisturbed open areas. Short-eared owls occupy similar habitats throughout the year.

Similarly, what does a short eared owl sound like? Short-eared owls are not especially vocal. The primary call, a series of a dozen or more hoots, is given by males during courtship flight and also from the ground or from an elevated perch. Both males and females may bark, scream, or whine when defending the nest and offspring.

Similarly one may ask, how big are short eared owls?

The short-eared owl is a medium-sized owl measuring 34–43 cm (13–17 in) in length and weighing 206–475 g (7.3–16.8 oz). 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.

How many short eared owls are left in the wild?

The estimated global population is about 2,000,000, with 700,000 in North America and 350,000 in Canada. Christmas Bird Count data suggest that Short-eared Owls have declined at a rate of about 3% annually over the last 40 years.

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