The Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl – The Diurnal Hunter
Today’s Belize Photo of the day is the Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl which is scientifically known as the Glaucidium Brasilianum. This small owl ranges from 7 inches (18cm) in size and breeds in South-central USA, Mexico, and Central America (Belize of course) and takes residence in parts of South America. It can be found in mid-levels to sub canopy within deciduous and semi-deciduous broad leaf forests.
This species is crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk) and hunts through the day. Like most owls, the key to their identification is their primary call which for the Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, is a much shorter-spaced call known as a “popping” sound.
Note: To quickly spot this owl, try to imitate its call, which is a hollow what,what,what! If your imitation is pretty good, the owl will respond to your call.
Submitted by Naturalist Guide: David Juarez
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