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Northern Pygmy Owl
Glaucidium gnoma

Owls
Typical-Owl Family (Strigidae)

Size: Length: 16-19 cm Wingspan: 38 cm

Description: The northern pygmy owl is an uncommon, year-round resident. They have the ability to fool observers with the illusion of eyes in the back of its head. Even when turned away, two false eye spots make it appear to be looking right at you. No other owl has similar eye spots. Its head, back and sides are reddish-brown speckled with white. The breast is light, vertically streaked with dark brown. The yellow eyes are surrounded by a small white facial disk. The tail extends beyond the body, and is dark brown with light horizontal bands. The call is a whistled hoot at almost perfect one second intervals. When imitated, pygmy owls can be incredibly bold, moving in to stare at the interloper. They often hunt during the day, swooping from favourite perches to catch mice, voles, birds and insects. The nest is usually in abandoned woodpecker holes.

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