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Northern Pygmy Owl

Glaucidium gnoma


Adults are 15–17 cm in overall length (nearly 6 inches) and are gray, brownish-gray or rufous in colour. This owl has a round white spotted head, weakly defined facial disc, and dark upper breast, wings and tail, the latter quite long compared to other owls. The eyes are yellow and the bill is yellowish-green. The bird has two black nape spots outlined in white on the back of its head, which look like eyes. The mid to lower breast is white with darker vertical streaking.


Their habitat includes temperate, subtropical and tropical moist forest, savanna, and wetlands. In Oregon and Washington they are known to nest and forage in the center of dense, continuous forests, near streams. An example of their habitat is Forest Park in Portland, Oregon. Their breeding habitat includes open to semi-open woodlands of foothills and mountains in western North America.

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Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Nice pics and details.

Michelle Parish
Michelle Parish 8 years ago

Thanks, ChristyHolland! I will add him... not sure if I just missed this mission or if it's new one. Haven't been here in a bit, but I LOVE this site!!

ChristyHolland 8 years ago

I think "wabbit" would be a little bit big for this tiny owl. Wonderful capture, Michelle! He is adorable! I'd love you to add this spotting to the mission Raptors of North America:

Nicholas4 8 years ago

"Ssssss...I'm Hunting for wabbit"...

Michelle Parish
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Michelle Parish

Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Spotted on Oct 26, 2012
Submitted on Oct 26, 2012

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