The short-eared owl found in Galapagos is a smaller, darker sub-species of short-eared owl, a species that is widespread throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. They hunt by day on islands where there are no Galapagos hawks and night-time on islands where there are hawks (they are diurnal), and are wide-spread throughout the islands. They nest under shrubs and bushes generally in the highlands on Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Isabela, San Cristobal and Floreana. Their specialised wings allow them to be particular agile fliers whilst being almost completely noiseless in flight. They are generally monogamous and lay between 3 and 4 eggs per clutch, although normally only two chicks survive to adulthood.
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