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Pygmy Owl
Glaucidium passerinum

Map of the common names

Easy to identify from its diminutive size (L 16 cm) and its characteristic call. Active by day. Breeds fairly commonly in coniferous and mixed forest and is often encountered at edge of glades. Feeds mainly on voles and small birds. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The deterioration of habitat due to forestry practices and the reduction of prey numbers are significant threats.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
about 25,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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