The Eurasion pygmy owl, Glaucidium passerinum, is a tiny
owl. It preys on birds - some nearly as large as itself - and small
mammals, such as voles.
It is found in the boreal forests of Eurasia, usually at the edges of clearings. It nests in old Woodpecker holes, often those of Great Spotted Woodpecker.
This is a sedentary species, resident throughout the year in its range. This Starling-sized bird hunts at dawn and dusk, rather than in total darkness.
Note that it is illegal in many countries to handle wild birds. The hand in
the picture on this page is that of a licenced bird ringer.