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Point Pelee National Park of Canada

Birds of Point Pelee National Park

Image of: Owl, Short-eared
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Owl, Short-eared
-Asio flammeus (Pontoppidan)

A crow-sized brown-streaked buffy owl (ear tufts usually not perceptible), active in daylight, especially at dusk, and inhabiting open place (not a woodland owl). The Short-eared Owl shows in flight a black patch near the wrist on the underside of the wing, but the more buffy general colour and complete lack of any cross-barring on the abdomen of the Short-ear should distinguish it. The Rough-legged Hawk shows a similar black wrist mark in flight, but the owl has a very different big-headed silhouette and lighter, more buoyant flight. Northern harriers, inhabiting similar open areas, have a conspicuous white rump patch, which the owl lacks.