Bearded Screech Owl (1) (Near-threatened)
Apr 6
male, adult
This is the bird of prey species with the smallest range in North America, and is only found on a few mountaintops in Chiapas and Guatemala. Here, there is a red phase female together with a grey phase male (the perspective makes the male look larger, but actually he's about 20% smaller). The photo was taken 40 feet up a pine tree in the Huitepec reserve, so it was very difficult to keep the camera steady, but eventually this one came out in focus.
Nov 14 2014

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