Short-eared Owl

Scientific Name: Asio flammeus
Malay Name: Burung-Hantu Telinga-Pendek Biasa
Chinese Name: 短耳鸮

Found throughout the Holarctic with some northern populations winter south to Central America, northern Africa, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, southern China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: flammeus, cubensis, domingensis, portoricensis, bogotensis, galapagoensis, pallidicaudus, suinda, sanfordi, sandwichensis, ponapensis.

Local Subspecies: flammeus

Size: 37-39 cm

In Singapore, adult may only be confused with Buffy Fish Owl but has pale greyish-white facial disc with conspicuous white eyebrows, dark circles around yellow eyes creating a “black-eye” effect, broader and denser breast streaks and no obvious ear-tuffs.

Similar looking species: Buffy Fish Owl

Habitat: Grassland, marshes and open areas.

Behaviour/Ecology: Only flies in daylight.

Local Status: Very rare migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: There were only 3 confirmed recent records: Changi South (January 1988), Marina East (January 1988) and Changi Reclaimed Land (March 2006).


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Asio flammeus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Lim, K. S., Chia, A., Yong, D. L., & Chew, J. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.