|The Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl can be found
the US in southern Arizona and southern Texas. Its range extends south
through Central and South America. In the desert it can be found in
areas with saguaro forests and in wooded river bottoms. The owl mainly
feeds on lizards and large insects, but will sometimes eat scorpions,
small birds and rodents as well. It mainly hunts at night, but is also
active at dusk and dawn.
The Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl is
considered endangered throughout the US portion of its range.
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls typically live in the hollows
of trees and saguaro cacti which they sometimes occupy year after year.
The female will lay 3-4 eggs in these hollows, which may not contain any
nesting materials. Eggs hatch after about a month, during which time the
male will provide food for the female. After the eggs hatch, both
parents will provide food for the young owls, which are able to fly
about a month after hatching.