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Petit-duc maculé (Forme rousse) / Eastern Screech Owl (Rufous Morph) [Megascops asio]

Le Petit-duc maculé est le plus petit hibou du Québec. Son plumage imite très bien l’écorce des arbres, ce qui lui permet de passer inaperçu lorsqu’il se repose sur une branche. Il plisse aussi ses grands yeux jaunes pour les cacher des intrus qui passent près de lui, tout en gardant un œil vigilant sur eux. Sa tête ronde porte des aigrettes. Il existe 3 différentes formes de Petit-duc maculé : la forme grise, la forme rousse et une forme, plus rare, brune chocolat.

(Source : UQROP - www.uqrop.qc.ca/upload/files/oiseaux-quebec/strigidae/PDM...)

 

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The Eastern Screech-Owl (Otus asio) is a widespread resident in southern Ontario (and Quebec). Three recognizable forms of the Eastern Screech-Owl occur: gray, brown and red morphs. The gray morph is the most common, comprising about 80 percent of the population; the red morph is less than 20 percent; and the brown morph is the rarest, comprising less than three percent. While the gray morph provides remarkably effective camouflage amongst the bark of hardwood trees, red morphs may find security in certain pine trees and the colorful leaves of changing deciduous trees.

(Source: www.jeaniron.ca/Owls/2014/morphscreech.htm)

 

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Petit-duc maculé (Forme rousse) / Eastern Screech Owl (Rufous Morph) [Megascops asio]

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, CANADA

Pentax K-1 + SMC Pentax-FA* 250-600mm f5.6 ED [IF]

1/1600, ƒ/6.3, ISO 640

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Taken on February 22, 2019