Though common in appropriate habitats, this small, highly nocturnal owl is hard to see, Flammulated Owl is the only small owl in North America with dark eyes. Gray overall with black feather shafts and barring, and variable amounts of rufous, especially around the face and in a line along the scapulars. Small ear tufts are often flattened. While the legs are fully feathered, the toes are bare.
Length: 15 (cm) Wingspan: 40 (cm)
The male's call is a slow series of low-pitched hoots, which may be mistaken for the distant calls of a larger owl. Pinpointing the location of calling males is often difficult even though they are usually much closer than they sound. The female's call is higher pitched and wavering.
Open pine forest with scattered thickets of undergrowth.
Nests in cavities, including old woodpecker holes and man-made nest boxes.
Feeds mostly on large insects and moths.
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