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Short-Eared Owl - Beauty in Little Rann of Kutch

November 28, 2017

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus is a widespread winter migrant in Gujarat. It is also regularly seen in the Little Rann of Kutch area from October end till April.

 

There are specific areas in the Rann where the Owl roosts and if not disturbed, they are found in these areas throughout the season. It is not very common but fairly easily seen here. A photo of the Short-eared Owl is given here :

The short-eared owl is a medium-sized owl measuring 34–43 cm (13–17 in) in length and weighing 206–475g .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. The upper breast is significantly streaked. Its flight is characteristically floppy due to its irregular wingbeats. The short-eared owl may also be described as "moth or bat-like" in flight. Wingspans range from 85 to 110 cm (33 to 43 in). Females are slightly larger than males. The yellow-orange eyes of A. flammeus are exaggerated by black rings encircling each eye, giving the appearance of them wearing mascara, and large, whitish disks of plumage surrounding the eyes like a mask.


 

 

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