Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl

Ridgway’s Pygmy-Owl

A Reference for North and Central American Owls

The range of the Ridgway’s Pygmy-Owl just barely extends into North America from Mexico and it is rare. Formerly known as a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl this species has been divided from the South American Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl. South of the US it can be found through Mexico, Central America and northern South America. In the field Ridgway’s Pygmy-Owl is quickly separated from it’s Mountain Pygmy-Owl cousin by both call and its crown streaking as oppose to the spotted crown of the latter. These two species also occupy very different habitats. The Ridgway’s Pygmy-Owl can be found in grey-brown and red color forms along with intermediate colors. Although primarily diurnal (active in the daytime) the Ridgway’s Pygmy-Owl is also more likely to be found at night than the Mountain Pygmy-Owl. Here you will find photos, recordings and a brief field notes section to help identify and enjoy this beautiful owl. Some brief discussion regarding races, protection, conservation, and classification are also presented here. A more in depth write up can be found in its natural history page.

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