The Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium brasilianum) inhabit deserts throughout the United States - Mexico border along Texas and Arizona. These owls roost in saguaro deserts where they feed on lizards, large insects, and occasionally small birds. Unlike northern owls, pygmy owls fly with quick, unmuffled wingbeats. They are diurnal, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk. Their eggs are white and range 2-7 per nest.
In appearance Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls are redder and rustier than their northern cousin. Their eyes are yellow, they have no ear tufts an they have black nape spots that look like eyes on the back of their necks.
Separate published sources describe this owl's voice as such,
a. Fairly rapid series of short, sharp, whistles
b. Long series of single notes
c. Rapid, repeated "Took"
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