|sdakotabirds.com Northern Pygmy Owl|
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They are also the only local specie of owl that is truly diurnal. Northern Pygmy Owls, therefore, are missing many of the adaptations common among other owls, such as silent flight, above-average hearing, and night vision.
Northern Pygmy Owls live in the western United States, southwestern Canada, and in Mexico south through Guatemala. Their preferred habitat is forest, ranging in elevation up to treeline. They spend the majority of their time in the thicketed areas of forests, where they hunt from perches and fly rapidly between trees for cover.
The Humans here at the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program just released a Northern Pygmy Owl earlier this week! This bird was found at an intersection in Fort Collins. The bird was largely uninjured, and had probably been caught in the wake of a car rather than actually being hit by a car. Either way, the bird needed awhile to recuperate under the RMRP's care before being safely released into more suitable habitat than a city intersection. Northern Pygmy Owls also are admitted to the RMRP after striking windows, or falling prey to domestic cats. But rest assured, the RMRP is here to help them!
|Northern Pygmy Owl at the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program|