Pygmy Owl

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Glaucidium
Species: gnoma

La. strix  owl
La. strigis owl
iLa. forma form, shape, kind
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. glaukos blue, grey
Gr. glaux little owl
La. gnoma spirit of the mines

Painting of a pygmy owl perched on a tree branch in a coniferous forest.
About 6 1/2″ long. Dark brown upper parts with circular white spots. A collar of mixed blackish brown and white around the back of the neck. White throat. Mottled brown band on the breast. Brown and white barred tail. Black streaks on gray white underside.
Pygmy owls in habit the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast from Mexico to British Columbia and Alberta.
Inhabits forests (usually coniferous) from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast from Mexico to British Columbia and Alberta. Similar Pygmy Owl species inhabit northern Europe and South America.

Day hunter of small birds, rodents, reptiles and insects. Swift jerky short flights similar to woodpeckers, often from tree to tree.

Builds nests of a few twigs and feathers in natural or abandoned tree cavities up to seventy five feet high and in nest boxes.

Lays three to six white eggs which hatch which after about one month incubation and young leave the nest in about another month.

The Pygmy Owl Birdhouse (same as for Saw-whet Owl, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Flicker, and Grackle) has a 7″ by 7″ floor, 16″ inside ceiling, 2 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 14″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Secure hinged roof with shutter hooks for easy access or consider a fixed roof and Side Opening Doors if it may be a more convenient and safer alternative.

Mount this nest box out of reach (10 feet or higher) near woodland edges or clearings.

Place a bed of wood chips, not sawdust, on the floor. Remove everything from the nest box and clean well after the brood rearing season.

Installations at significant heights should be installed and maintained by professionals, carpenters, electricians, power line workers, etc.

Other owls and woodpeckers also may use this nest box.

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Pygmy Owl

Painting of a pygmy owl perched on a tree branch in a coniferous forest.
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Glaucidium
Species: gnoma

La. strix  owl
La. strigis owl
iLa. forma form, shape, kind
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. glaukos blue, grey
Gr. glaux little owl
La. gnoma spirit of the mines

About 6 1/2″ long. Dark brown upper parts with circular white spots. A collar of mixed blackish brown and white around the back of the neck. White throat. Mottled brown band on the breast. Brown and white barred tail. Black streaks on gray white underside.

Pygmy owls in habit the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast from Mexico to British Columbia and Alberta.
Inhabits forests (usually coniferous) from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast from Mexico to British Columbia and Alberta. Similar Pygmy Owl species inhabit northern Europe and South America.

Day hunter of small birds, rodents, reptiles and insects. Swift jerky short flights similar to woodpeckers, often from tree to tree.

Builds nests of a few twigs and feathers in natural or abandoned tree cavities up to seventy five feet high and in nest boxes.

Lays three to six white eggs which hatch which after about one month incubation and young leave the nest in about another month.

The Pygmy Owl Birdhouse (same as for Saw-whet Owl, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Flicker, and Grackle) has a 7″ by 7″ floor, 16″ inside ceiling, 2 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 14″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Select to view or print owl woodpecker grackle birdhouse plans.
Secure hinged roof with shutter hooks for easy access or consider a fixed roof and Side Opening Doors if it may be a more convenient and safer alternative.

Mount this nest box out of reach (10 feet or higher) near woodland edges or clearings.

Place a bed of wood chips, not sawdust, on the floor. Remove everything from the nest box and clean well after the brood rearing season.

Installations at significant heights should be installed and maintained by professionals, carpenters, electricians, power line workers, etc.

Other owls and woodpeckers also may use this nest box.

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