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Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl

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Ferruginous Pygmy-OwlGlaucidium brasilianum
  • ORDER: Strigiformes
  • FAMILY: Strigidae

Basic Description

A small, plump owl patterned in cinnamon or gray, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl is a fearless predator capable of tackling birds more than twice its size. With its small stature, tuftless head, and long tail, this species can be mistaken for a songbird, but small birds know the difference—they noisily mob this owl, especially when it gives its persistent tooting song. Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl is one of the most common, widespread Neotropical owls, ranging from North American deserts to South American rainforests.

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Find This Bird

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls are active during the day, making them easy to find, at least by owl standards. They sing often, switch perches, and frequently are surrounded by small birds that mob the owls with scolding calls. When looking for Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls, remember that they are slightly smaller than American Robins and other Turdus thrushes.

Other Names

  • Mochuelo Caburé (Spanish)
  • Chevêchette brune (French)
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