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Short-Eared Owl

Asio flammeus

Unlike other British owls, the short-eared owl is primarily a bird of open country, spending long periods away from trees and bushes and nesting nearly always on the ground. A skilled hunter, the short-eared owl is most active during the morning, late afternoon and night, when it can be seen flying low over the ground in search of prey.

Short eared owls feed on small mammals up to the size of hares, but will also take birds. Feeding is a rather gruesome affair, which involves the owl decapitating its prey before pulling out the entrails, or, in the case of birds, pulling off the wings and swallowing them whole.