from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In ornithology, having short plumicorns: as, the short-eared owl, Asio accipitrinus, formerly Strix brachyotus or Brachyotus palustris.

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  • adj. having short ears


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  • A short-eared owl roosts on a wooden fencepost, craning its head at impossible angles to pick up the soft sounds of field mice in the dense marsh grass.

    William Horden: The Short Path Of Sudden Enlightenment

  • When I was growing up, I would regularly see short-eared owls in winter: on the north Kent marshes, in East Anglia, and once even on my local patch – Wraysbury Gravel Pits, just west of Heathrow.

    Birdwatch: Short-eared owl

  • Not just because it was a short-eared owl – the first I had seen in my new home county – but because most birds had already fled the cold weather, and the fields behind my home were devoid of life.

    Birdwatch: Short-eared owl

  • For there are few other species I would enjoy seeing more regularly than the short-eared owl.

    Birdwatch: Short-eared owl

  • And one spring, when I was walking through Cambridge, another short-eared owl flew overhead against the blue May sky.

    Birdwatch: Short-eared owl

  • I put out trap-lines for small animals, and caught things that are like short-eared rabbits that live among the rocks, and built up our campsite into a small stone hut walled over with snow blocks - I had no idea how long we would be there, and I wanted to be ready for the worst blizzards.

    Elephant in the City

  • Owls there were, and nightingales, and squirrels and rabbits and short-eared lutra, all cut from juniper, aeterna, and other greenery.


  • Birds of prey such as snowy owls, short-eared owls (Asio flammeus), jaegers (skuas – Stercorarius spp.), and rough-legged buzzards (Buteo lagopus) are lemming and vole specialists that are only able to breed at peak lemming densities and which aggregate in areas with high lemming densities.

    Effects of changes in climate and UV radiation levels on structure of arctic ecosystems in the short and long term

  • Some of these fearless, endemic predators are the Galapagos hawk (Buteo galapagoenis), the subspecies Galapagos barn owl (Tyto punctissima) and short-eared owl (Asio flammeus).

    Galápagos Islands xeric scrub

  • The short-eared owl, Asio flammeus, the green-backed firecrown, Sephanoides sephaniodes, the austral thrush, Turdus falcklandii, and the austral blackbird, Guracus curaeus, are shared with continental Chile.

    Juan Fernández Islands temperate forests


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