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Ferruginous Pygmy Owl

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2014-06-18 6:15
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Points: 34
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This is the third pygmy owl I introduce on TN. After the Pacific Pygmy Owl from Ecuador (2006), the Least Pygmy Owl from Brazil (2007), now the Ferruginous Pygmy Owl.

The Ferruginous Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium brasilianum) is a small owl that breeds in south-central Arizona in the United States, south through Mexico and Central America, to South America into Bolivia and Argentina.
In Central America and South America, it is the most widely distributed pygmy owl and is probably one of the most numerous owl species in those areas. It is found in a wide range of semi-open wooded habitats in these areas.

This species is a part of the larger family Strigidae of owls, known as typical owls. This family contains most species of owls.
Trinidad, as well as other localities, have endemic subspecies of the Glaucidium brasilianum owl. Recent genetics work has found substantial differences in Ferruginous Pygmy Owls from different regions and members of the northern ridgwayi group are sometimes considered a separate species, the Ridgeway's Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium ridgwayi).

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 (up to 40 birds of 11 species have been recorded mobbing one owl).

The Ferruginous Pygmy Owl is small, typically 15 cm., and stocky with disproportionately large talons. The crown has elongated white/buff spots or streaks, the wing coverts have white spots, and the underparts are heavily streaked white. There are prominent white supercilia above the facial disc. THERE ARE TWO EYE SPOTS ON THE NAPE. (YOU CAN SEE THEM IN THE WORKSHOP PHOTO).

Otherwise, its overall color is highly variable, ranging from grey-brown with a black-and-white barred tail to rich rufous with a uniform rufous tail. Sexes are similar with females slightly larger and often more reddish.

The call is a whistled hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo, usually in E flat. It is easily imitated, and is used by birdwatchers to attract small birds intent on mobbing the pygmy owls.

Breeding and incubation
The Glaucidium brasilianum mating season is from late winter to early spring. It is a cavity nesting bird (tree and columnar cactus cavities), laying 3–5 white eggs. Incubation is 28 days, with 27–30 days to fledging.

The northernmost subspecies, G. b. cactorum, commonly called the Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, was a listed Endangered species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. This protected it in south-central Arizona from loss of habitat and buffel grass fires. Buffel grass catches fire very easy, which spreads to cacti, burning the owl's primary habitat.
Its range extends over the border into Sonora, Mexico. Glaucidium brasilianum was delisted in 2006.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hallo Buurman-Peter
mooi weer eens naast elkaar ,
beetje vroeg want we moeten zo gaan kijken natuurlijk

super foto van deze uil
nooie compositie en super kleuren
gr lou

Good capture......

Does it have vision in day light?

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2014-06-18 8:04]

Hi, dear Peter.
What a charming owl you managed to find and picture. Its pose, glance and state of mood are reflected amazingly. I also like fine brownish colour palette of the whole image, nice details of the bird and pleasant smooth surroundings. Warm regards and TFS.

Ciao Peter, great portrait of lovely owl with fantastic eyes, fine details, superb sharpness, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,...Beautiful Owl.Structure is appropriate with its name.Like its majestic pose.Well captured with well managed BG.Thanks for sharing such beautiful species.Regards and have a nice time.Thanks also for your appreciation on my picture.It will help me to improve more in future.-Srikumar

Ciao Peter. Good colours and details for the cute one.


It's an absolute delight to view your work.
Eye to eye!!!
Love its unusual brownish/reddish ... golden rimmed eye.
Great notes too.
Mario from Calgary ... once more "CONGRATULATIONS" 3/2 win!!!

Hallo Buurman-Pete
照的很漂亮 很美麗的錨頭噟 也很清晰
可以看的很清楚 也非常的美麗
構圖也很美麗 真是好看

A great expression from this owl and portrait and also warm colours well done PETER VAN ZOEST

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-06-19 12:56]

Hello Peter,
A cute little owl looking straight in our eyes. Interesting too your picture in the WS. Picture is a little bit soft, probably light was not the best.
Take care

Bonsoir Peter,
Agréable valorisation du sujet.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

HI Peter, What a shot.......perfect on all aspects. He has a lovely face. Best regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-06-21 9:33]

Hello Peter,
What an attractive little owl you have posted. The owls are a family of birds that I don't get to see very often, even though they are plentiful here in the US. Their mostly nocturnal lives keep me from having the opportunity of interacting with them in the wild.
This tiny owl is very beautiful, you have done a fine job of showing him off here on TN.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2014-06-21 10:05]

Hi Peter
Great cloes up!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-06-22 17:21]

Hello Peter
very nice and cute owl. Lovely eyes and the color of the plimage is so good.
I like its perching position.
You managed the backlight so well.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-06-28 15:42]

Hi Peter,beautiful capture of this curious owl,the detail are a bit soft but you work in a difficult light and distance too,interesting specie caught in the typical pose,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter

Excellent close-up photo of this Owl species, fine lateral POV
obtaining its head turned glance on you with its owl style expression, TFS


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