The Chuncho, the Chilean Pygmy Owl

Category: Outdoor Scenes


Photo and caption by Andres Suarez

Not like the other owls, it's not so difficult to see it during the day. Its fly is quite and it keeps static in the trees. Small, the adult is only 8,2 inches, and it is grey, brown colored. The female is in charge of the eggs, normally between 3 to 5. According to the IUCN it's a threatened specie. It lives from the Atacama Region to the Extreme South of Chile. In the country side people defines it as a bad luck bird, because of its big, yellow, penetrating eyes and its ability to turn is head to completely to the back. It eats rats, snakes and birds. Scientific name: Glaucidium nanum.

Location: "Conservación Patagónica", at Aysén Region, South of Chile


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