Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl

The ferruginous pygmy owl is a small owl that is native to southern Arizona, southern Texas, Mexico, Central and northern parts of South America. The ferruginous pygmy owls that are found in the United States and northern Mexico are a subspecies that is referred to as the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl. They are currently threatened primarily due to habitat loss. In Arizona 85% of the habitat has been lost to livestock use, water redirection and fires. The fires are exasperated by invasive buffel grass which allows fires to spread burning the catus and trees that the owls use for nesting.




17 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful little thing.

Modesto Viegas said...

Good capture!

Roger Owen Green said...

what a hoot!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

fjällripan said...

Such a beauty!

mick said...

Great photos of the little owl.

Pat said...

Great shot of this beautiful little owl!

Kusum said...

Good shot of that little owl.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Fantastic photo and info ~ Love the owl! ~ (A Creative Harbor)

˙·٠•●❤Sh@KiR@ ❤●•٠·˙ said...

What a great shot! Bravo.
Thank you so much for sharing.
Mine is here
Have you a ROCKING AND WEEK!!!
hugs
shakira

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful picture showing an owl.
Hanne Bente

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What a beauty!!!

Rambling Woods said...

I get so frustrated by the fact that human activity is destroying so much habitat and making bad situations even worse..I think in the end, we all pay and I guess we deserve it.. thanks for all you do to bring these things to our attention. I don't always comment, but I always read and learn from your posts..Michelle

Deb said...

Who...Who....what a cutie...

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What a perfect pose! This is an excellent image. So sad that their habitat is being threatened.

Cheri said...

Oh, he's just adorable. Sad to think their homes are being wiped out.

Paula Scott said...

Sorry to be so late in my visit!
I am always amazed at the variety that exists in your posts even the theme is related to our feathered friends. And, I love learning about them too. Thanks!

KaHolly said...

Such a shame. I'm an endangered species, too, due to habit loss. That's why I spend as much time in Nova Scotia as I can! But, like lava creeping along from an erupting volcano, so is "progress".