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Asio flammeus subsp. sandwichensis

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Species description or overview

Pueo (Hawaiian short-eared owl) View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
An overview of Asio flammeus sandwichensis is provided by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (Hawaii's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy, 2005).

Taxonomy & nomenclature

Asio flammeus information from ITIS
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS provides authoritative taxonomic information on Asio flammeus, as well as other plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.


What threat do native avian predators pose to Hawaiian honeycreepers? Two cases of predation by pueo View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
Pueo were observed depredating honeycreepers on two occasions in 2006 and 2007 in the Hanaw´ Natural Area Reserve on Maui, and the owls may be more of a threat to native birds than previously appreciated (ELEPAIO, 2008).

Cultural uses

Pueo, The Protector
Pueo's role in Hawaiian legends is higlighted in an article in Coffee Times (1998).


Release of pueo (video)
Video of a pueo that was hit by a car, rehabbed at the Three Ring Ranch Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Kona, and released, is posted on YouTube.

Pueo chant and dance
A hula halau on the Big Island performs a pueo dance as part of a funeral ceremony (YouTube 2009).


Images of Asio flammeus sandwichensis (pueo, Hawaiian owl, short-eared owl) from Hawaii
Online images of Asio flammeus sandwichensis (pueo, Hawaiian owl, short-eared owl) from Hawaii are made available by Forest & Kim Starr.


Pueo distribution
Distribution of Asio flammeus sandwichensis is from Hawaii's Birds, by Hawaii Audubon Society.

In the news

Night-flying creatures face a scary future
Native Hawaiian owls, bats, and spiders are threatened with extinction (Star Bulletin, 10/30/2007).

Full-text articles

Causes of owl mortality in Hawaii, 1992-1994 View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
Trauma, apparently from vehicles, was the dominant cause of mortality to barn owls and native pueo in 1992 to 1994 (Journal of Wildlife Disease, 1996).

Other resources

Pueo information from Wikipedia
Pueo's scientific classification and threats to survival are included in the Wikipedia entry.

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