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Flammulated Owl
(Otus flammeolus)


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Size: 15-17 cm (similar to a large sparrow).   Description: Mottled gray all over with patches of rust; has short ear tufts. The only small owl with dark eyes.   Range: Southern interior of British Columbia   Habitat: Pine forests, especially at higher elevations.   Nest: Abandoned woodpecker holes, especially those of Flickers.   Voice: Soft, low pitched "boop", usually only late at night.   Diet: Insects.   Behaviour: Strictly nocturnal.   Notes: Well camouflaged and rarely seen. Young are already independent at five weeks of age. Migrate to Central America for the winter. Population status vulnerable due to habitat loss.

 

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