IWRC Raptor ID Series
 
Northern Pygmy Owl Characteristics
         
 

Photo courtesy
Cascades Raptor Center

Photo courtesy
Cascades Raptor Center


Photo courtesy
Cascades Raptor Center
 
no ear tufts
yellow irises
dark brown facial disc
spotted with white
long dark tail with narrow white bands
held at angle to body
ocelli spots (fake eyes)
on hindneck
         
 
red phase
gray phase
(photo of gray phase needed)
 

5 subspecies:

Rocky Mountain
California
Arizona
Coast
Vancouver

 
Two phases (red & gray)

       
         
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