Costa Rican Pygmy-Owl

We lucked across this little guy being mobbed by several Gray-tailed Mountain-gems along one of the trails. Fantastic bird!

Savegre Lodge, near San Gerardo, Costa Rica

12 July 2008

  • Rainey 7y

    What a cutie!!!
  • Donald Metzner 7y

    Wow fantastic, we are going to Costa Rica in December, I need to talk to you before we go, take notes, lol.

    Such a wee cutie!

    The pair... ~ A Gorgeous Shot
    I saw this in the QEMD "Finch" Group
  • Tobias Hayashi 7y

  • Ric 7y

    Nice shot
  • Joshua Little 7y

    Must have been an incredible encounter!
  • Scott Olmstead 7y

    Nice shot. By the way, this has now been split and is called Costa Rican Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium costaricanum). It's endemic to the Chiriqui Highlands of Costa Rica & Panama. I once saw one of these with a Streak-breasted Treehunter that it had killed and was getting ready to make a meal out of... pretty cool except I have never seen Streak-breasted Treehunter alive!!!
  • Michael Woodruff 7y

    Thanks for the info Scott. I've updated the photo info now.
  • LPJC 7y

    I have a photo of a streak-breasted treehunter, but would gladly swop the view and sighting for those of this pygmy owl. What a lovely bird. Happy memories!
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Taken on July 12, 2008
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