Northern Pygmy-Owl

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California Sierras
near Yosemite
May 2009
Although a very small bird the Northern Pygmy-Owl is a very agressive preditor. His primary diet is other small birds and he will attack ones almost twice his size. It seems you always see these owls with at least half a dozen other birds chasing or diving at them to try to get the pygmy-owl out of their territory. I have also seen a the attackers get just a little too close and the owl grab them.

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