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Short-eared Owls, Asio flammeus NC63-142.    Short-eared Owls
Asio flammeus

The Short-eared Owl constructs its grass- and twig-lined nest on the ground, favouring open meadows for nesting and hunting. A clutch of as many as nine eggs is laid. After four weeks of incubation the eggs hatch at the rate of about one per day. The young compete aggressively for food, which is delivered by both parents. The first chicks to hatch gain an important advantage in size and strength, and not all hatchlings will survive to leave the nest. The species breeds in all provinces and territories of Canada, and is also found throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Hawaii.

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