Central American Pygmy-Owl

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This photo shows the prominant "occipital face" of the Central American Pygmy-Owl. These are the black nape markings edged with a white rim that somewhat resemble eyes on the back of the head. The occipital face markings are thought to make the owl appear to be looking at you when seen from the rear. This is to keep preditors from attacking the owl from the back. The photo was taken in the Veragua Rainforest of Costa Rica in March of 2011.

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