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Northern Pygmy-Owl

Glaucidium californicum Sclater, PL, 1857

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Partial list of sound recordings available from xeno-canto, macaulaylibrary.org & avocet.zoology.msu.edu.
Species name Recordist Date Location Remarks Cat.nr.
Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum pinicola Tim Marquardt 2014-06-07 Arizona Scenic National Trailhead Parking, Slate Creek Divide, Maricopa County, Arizona, Gila (United States) (1800 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

181315
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum Bruce Lagerquist 2015-10-01 Table Rock, Columbia County, Washington, Columbia (United States) (1807 m) Staccato Call, call -

This individual called four times while approaching my location, each time using the staccato vocalization before settling on a tree nearby and starting a more typical single 'toot' call. The recording was made in a mixed coniferous forest.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

291047
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum grinnelli Tayler Brooks 13-12-09 Capitol State Forest, Grays Harbor Co., Washington, Grays Harbor (United States) (280 m) Agitation trill, Song (A) - Responding to whistled imitation. Recorded at very close range. 41302
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum pinicola Richard E. Webster 2015-06-04 Heliograph Peak, Pinaleno Mtns, Graham County, Arizona, Graham (United States) (2700 m) song -

3rd recording; on top of a 20m White Fir; since the last 2 recordings, RAR did about 10 more whistles, so continued RPB; probably the same bird as recorded at dawn; species/subspecies uncertain: Phillips et al. 1964 map these mountains as 'gnoma?'; to me this sounds more like pinicola/californicum, but I am not expert (is it tempo or speed that matters?). This area is a biogeographic mix.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:yes

322356
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum grinnelli Andrew Spencer 2011-04-21 Capitol State Forest, Grays Harbor Co., Washington, Grays Harbor (United States) (300 m m) song -   76354
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum pinicola Andrew Spencer 2012-05-13 Tommy's Draw, Rio Blanco Co., Colorado, Rio Blanco (United States) (2050 m) song (A) - natural vocalization from a bird singing in a large juniper tree on the top of a rimrock mesa. 104673
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum pinicola Andrew Spencer 2012-05-13 Tommy's Draw, Rio Blanco Co., Colorado, Rio Blanco (United States) (2050 m) song (A) - natural vocalization from a bird singing in a large juniper tree on the top of a rimrock mesa, and being mobbed my a pair of Juniper Titmice. 104674
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum californicum Elias Aristides Elias 2015-03-27 Six Rivers National Forest, Humboldt County, California, Humboldt (United States) (1400 m) call -

This 2:50 documents approximately 35 toots of an unseen Northern Pygmy-Owl (Pacific). This bird appeared to be calling from the top of a grove of conifers.

This recording was made with an iPhone 5s with a Sennheiser shotgun microphone and Røde Rec application. This recording has not been edited in any manner.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

236583
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum Gary Mele 2022-05-27 Foresthill, Placer County, California, Placer (United States) (1200 m) adult, sex uncertain, song -

High pass (250Hz) filter applied. A few noise spikes between calls were reduced. Oak and conifer forest.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

727993
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum Lance A. M. Benner 2021-06-25 Frazier Mountain Spring, Ventura County, California, Ventura (United States) (2400 m) adult, call, female, male, song -

Male toots and female chitters recorded in an open forest with Jeffrey pine and white fir. The mic was aimed at the male at a range of about 30 meters. The female was behind me, closer, and roughly 90 degrees from the direction of the male. The female sounds are brief and begin at 00:45.6.

Two files were spliced and normalized to -3 dB. Equipment: Sony PCM-M10 and a Sennheiser ME67. Recorded in moderately windy conditions.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:yes

659873
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum Lance A. M. Benner 2013-08-13 Mt. Wilson Road, San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles County, California, Los Angeles (United States) (1500 m) call -

Adult northern pygmy owl recorded at a range of about 15 meters.

Habitat: north-facing slope above the west fork of the San Gabriel River. Trees: Bigcone Douglas fir, canyon live oak, incense cedar, mountain mahogany, and chaparral species in an area that partially burned during the Station Fire in August/September 2009.

A western screech owl is also audible briefly about eight seconds into the recording. Numerous loud insects are also audible.

Recording equipment: Marantz PMD670 & Sennheiser ME67 shotgun microphone.

Modifications to the file: I cropped a few seconds off the beginning and end.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:yes

144932
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum pinicola Nick Komar 2021-01-01 Carter Lake, Larimer County, Colorado, Larimer (United States) (1800 m) life stage uncertain, sex uncertain, song -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:yes

614551
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum Bruce Lagerquist 2019-09-16 Road 9705, Liberty, Washington, Kittitas (United States) (1200 m) adult, call, sex uncertain -

Bird perched 10m up at the top of an evergreen tree. It's most likely a resident bird since I heard it on numerous occasions at this location.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

505976
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum CARL HUGHES 2016-03-05 Observatory Hill, Victoria, BC, Capital (Canada) (200 m) call -

Calling for over 90 minutes

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

356495
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum grinnelli Tayler Brooks 13-12-09 Capitol State Forest, Grays Harbor Co., Washington, Grays Harbor (United States) (280 m) Song (A) - Responding to whistled imitation. Recorded at very close range. 41301
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum Matt Baumann 2013-01-19 Cibola National Forest (near Ramah), McKinley, New Mexico, McKinley (United States) (2200 m) song -

Responded to whistle imitation . Recorded in a ponderosa/juniper forest.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

118556
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum Lance A. M. Benner 2015-06-22 Buckhorn Campground, San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles County, California, Los Angeles (United States) (2000 m) call -

Recorded using an Olypmus LS-10 recorder, Sennheiser ME-62 microphone, and a Telinga 22 inch dish.

The bird was about 20 meters from us during the recording.

Habitat: thick montane forest with incense cedar, white fir, sugar pine, Jeffrey pine, and white alder.

Modifications to the file: cropped.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:yes

253630
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum Bobby Wilcox 2018-06-18 Markleeville, Alpine County, California, Alpine (United States) (1900 m) call -

About 15 0ft away in top of a limber pine. Pretty sure this is the same individual as XC421655.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

421657
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum californicum Connor Cochrane 2020-08-30 Sierra Nevada (near Twain Harte), Tuolumne County, California, Tuolumne (United States) (850 m) song -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

586154
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum pinicola Richard E. Webster 2015-06-04 Heliograph Peak, Pinaleno Mtns, Graham County, Arizona, Graham (United States) (2700 m) call, song -

Individual No 2 (No 1 applies to all recordings before 7 a.m., a couple of kilometers away from No 2), 3rd recording, in response to playback; recording starts with a quavering call; species/subspecies uncertain: Phillips et al. 1964 map these mountains as 'gnoma?'; to me this sounds more like pinicola/californicum, but I am not expert (is it tempo or speed that matters?). This area is a biogeographic mix.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:yes

322359
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum pinicola Richard E. Webster 2015-06-04 Heliograph Peak, Pinaleno Mtns, Graham County, Arizona, Graham (United States) (2700 m) call, song -

Individual No 2 (No 1 applies to all recordings before 7 a.m., a couple of kilometers away from No 2), 4th recording, in response to playback; starts with fast quaver, another at 0:30; interval shortened at 0:24 and 1:11; species/subspecies uncertain: Phillips et al. 1964 map these mountains as 'gnoma?'; to me this sounds more like pinicola/californicum, but I am not expert (is it tempo or speed that matters?) (there seems to be an element of syncopation late in this recording, more like gnoma?). This area is a biogeographic mix.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:yes

322361
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum pinicola Nathan Pieplow 21-3-2011 Eagle Rock property, Larimer County, Colorado, Larimer (United States) (2800 m) song (A) - 73505
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum Bruce Lagerquist 2018-02-12 Jasper Mtn Rd, Walla Walla County, Washington, Walla Walla (United States) (1000 m) call -

Bird perched 15M up on the very top of an evergreen.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:yes

402959
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Northern Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium californicum Lance A. M. Benner 2011-04-22 Cloud Burst Summit, San Gabriel Mountains, California, Los Angeles (United States) (2130 m) call (B) - moderately windy conditions 104089
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