This owl is a small owl that breeds in south of United States, Mexico, Central America and to Bolivia and Argentina. This species is crepuscular, but often hunts by day. It hunts a variety of birds, lizards, mammals, and insects. The flight is low to the ground and rapid with long swoops. It can be readily located by the small birds that mob it while it is perched in a tree (I recorded 17 bird species mobbing on this owl in my backyard!!).