|Northern Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium gnoma)||
The Northern Pygmy Owl
is Canada's smallest owl species and North America's second smallest (only
the Elf Owl is smaller). Pygmy Owls are diurnal hunters that feed predominently
on small birds such as sparrows. Their body shape and frame is similar
to that of the Northern Hawk
Owl, a fairly closely related species. Pygmies are masters of aerial
maneuvering. Pygmy Owls have a false set of eyes on the back of their
heads made up of a combination of black and white feathers. This is called
an "occipital face". The "eyes" are thought to keep
predators from sneaking up on the owls.
Owl vocalizations recorded by Kara Kristjanson.
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