Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Identification

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  • Size & Shape

    A tiny, plump, long-tailed owl, smaller than an American Robin and other large thrushes. Its small size and long tail mean that it could be mistaken for a songbird at first glance. Like other pygmy-owls, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls lack ear tufts, contributing to a round-headed look.

    Relative Size

    Larger than an Elf Owl, smaller than a Western Screech-Owl.

    Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 5.5-7.1 in (14-18 cm)
      • Weight: 1.9-2.8 oz (53-79 g)
      • Wingspan: 11.8 in (30 cm)

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