Flammulated Owl (Otus flammeolus)

The Flammulated Owl is a species found west of the Rocky mountains. It is closely related to the Old World Scops owls of Europe and Asia. This species is primarily insectivorous.

Flammulated Owls are similar in appearance to Screech Owls, although their diminutive size gives them away. This species also has very dark brown eyes, unlike all other North American horned owls. The name "Flammulated" is derived from the fact that many individuals have reddish or "flame-coloured" tones in their feathers.

Unexpectedly, vocalizations are low in pitch. Typically the hooting is drawn out and fairly quiet to the human ear.

The Owl Foundation used to receive injured Flammulated Owls when rehabiliation of raptors was less common throughout the provinces. As rehab centres multiplied, TOF was refuge to fewer and fewer of the western Canadian owl species. As a result, we currently house only one Flammulated Owl. She is fed a regular diet of crickets, mealworms and small mice. Previously, TOF bred and released progeny from its non-releasable breeding pairs to the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia.


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