Asio flammeus sandwichensis | Hawaiian short-eared owl | pueo

Endemic

The majestic pueo is Hawaiʻi’s endemic owl. At about 15-inches tall, they are brown and beige with dark brown streaks and piercing yellow eyes. Unlike other owls, you’ll see pueo hunting during the day in open pastures and forests. Their exciting chase is punctuated with a hover over their prey of mice, insects, or birds before they fold their wings and dive down to make the catch. Pueo are often revered as ʻaumakua, or family guardian spirits by many Hawaiians.

Hotspots for Hawaiian short-eared owl

Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Halapepe and ʻŌhiʻa Trails

Dry forestPasture and grasslands

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Waiki‘i (off Old Saddle Road)

Pasture and grasslands

Driving

Palila Forest Discovery Trail

Dry forest

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Pu‘u Huluhulu Trail

Dry forest

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