BIRD OF THE WEEK — FLAMMULATED OWL — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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BIRD OF THE WEEK

FLAMMULATED OWL

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Psiloscops flammeolus
POPULATION: 37,000
TREND: Unknown
HABITAT: Mountain pine forests with brushy understory

The “Flammie” is one of the smallest owls in North America, about the size of an American Robin. It is one of the few owls on the continent with dark eyes (others include Spotted and Barred Owls) and has short, feathered ear tufts. It’s also one of the few migratory owl species in North America.

“Flammulated” means flame-colored; it refers to the streak of reddish feathers along this owl’s shoulder and onto its back. This “flaming” streak gives this bird its Latin and common name.

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