The Peruvian Pygmy Owl

    Peruvian Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium peruanum). Pomac Forest Historical Sanctuary, Peru. MayPeruvian Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium peruanum). Pomac Forest Historical Sanctuary, Peru. May

The Peruvian Pygmy Owl is a compact 6.5” tall inhabitant of the western slopes of the Andes in southern Ecuador, Peru, and northern Chile.  One fascinating characteristic of this bird is the “decoy” eye spots on the back (nape) of the head and neck (right image above). This presumably makes potential predators believe that the owl is vigilant when, in fact, it is looking the other way.

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