(wingspan: 14’’-16’’) Flammulated Owls are a small owl with feather tufts on their heads and dark eyes. Their plumage is mostly gray with rusty coloring on their face, throat, and large streaks on their wings. Juveniles look similar to the adults except they don’t have the rusty wing streaks until their first October.
These small owls eat mainly insects such as grasshoppers, crickets, and moths.
In Colorado, Flammulated Owls are here in the spring for breeding season and migrate to South America in the fall.
Flammulated Owls are secondary cavity nesters, which means they need to find a cavity in tree that is either natural or created by a woodpecker or a flicker. The females will lay two to four eggs per brood and the babies will fledge in four to five weeks.