Glaucidium brodiei or commonly known as the collared owlet is the smallest owl in Asia measuring about 15 cm in length. This species is a tiny owl with a rounded head and no ear-tufts and is also known as the collared pygmy owl. Its natural habitat is temperate forests. It feeds mainly on small birds and will also take mice, lizards, cicadas, grasshoppers, beetles and other large insects.
The collared owlet has rufous or greyish upperparts with dark brown barring on its mantle, wings, tail and on the sides of its upper breast, a relatively large, rounded head with tiny buffy spots and bright yellow eyes. There are two large orange and black eyespots on the back of the neck. The underparts are white with a brown bar across the throat and rufous brown "droplet" shaped spots along the sides. The females are usually heavier and larger than the males. [Source: MyBIS]
This collared owlet was captured during my recent 3D2N outing at Fraser's Hill with like-minded friends. Stayed at Shahzan Inn Hotel, as usual, but, after my recent experience, it is about time to try out a different accommodation for my next trip.
Name: Collared owlet
Scientific: Glaucidium brodiei
Malay: Burung Hantu Kecil / Hantu Kecil / Pungguk Kerdil Bercekak
IUCN Red List (v3.1, 2016): Least Concern
Gear: SONY a1 + SEL200600G + SEL14TC.
Location: Fraser's Hill, Pahang, Malaysia
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