Asio accipitrinus, Pall.
68. :- Otus brachyotus, Gmel. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 126 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 449 ; Dec-can, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 377 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 100; Hume's Scrap Book, p. 354.
THE SHORT-EARED OWL.
Length, 14.5 to 15; expanse, 36.5 to 40; wing, 11.75 to 12.5 ; tail, 6 to 6.8; tarsus, 1.4 to 1.8; bill from gape, 1 to 1.25.
Length, 15 to 16; expanse, 40 to 42 ; wing, 12 to 13.3; tail, 6.25 to 7; tarsus, 1.4 to 1.8 ; bill from gape, 1 to 1.25. Bill blackish; irides yellowish.
Above : head and neck brown, the feathers broadly margined with pale tawny; wings and back the same, but more tawny on the scapulars and back, and the brown more irregular, tending to become narrow in parts, and to extend into bars in other parts ; quills deep tawny, with broad brown bars; tail light fulvous, also brown banded, and light tipped ; the disc pale fulvous, much streaked blackish; the ruff mottled tawny and brown, beneath pale fulvous, with narrow long stripes, wider on the throat and breast; the under tail-coverts and the tarsal plumes unspotted.
The Short-eared Owl occurs during the winter months, throughout the region, but is nowhere very common.