note yellow iris and lack of ear tufts (Costa Rica; 2008-11-08)

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
Glaucidium brasilianum

Native Range: Latin America

Notes: a small non-tufted owl with black 'eyespots' on the back of its head; its true eyes have a yellow iris; an active diurnal bird-hunter.

dorsal view, but not showing false eyespots (Costa Rica; 2008-11-08)

note streaked forehead (Texas, USA; 2006-04-06)

streaked underparts (Texas, USA; 2006-04-06)

note pale red bars in tail (Texas, USA; 2006-04-06)