Amazonian Pygmy Owl photographed from a canopy observation tower at day time. Photo: Troy Alexander/Rainforest Expeditions

Amazonian Pygmy Owls (Glaucidium hardyi) is not a rare bird. In fact the species is fairly common in certain areas of the Amazon Rainforest they inhabit. But this small bird is only 5.5 inches long, entirely nocturnal, and generally lives in the canopy of mature Amazon Rainforest. Try to find one to photograph during the day when they are motionless up there – mission impossible.  However, at dusk and throughout the night Amazonian Pygmy owls deliver its characteristic song…one of my favorite sounds of the night.

Listen to the sound of an Amazonian Pygmy owl.