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pygmy owl

noun
1.
any of several small, diurnal owls of the genus Glaucidium, that feed chiefly on insects.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism
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any of about 12 species of small owls in the family Strigidae. They are distributed through parts of North and South America and include several African and Southeast Asian species called owlets. Pygmy owls are only about 20 cm (8 inches) long. Often active during the day, these owls hunt in the evening hours, taking insects and small birds, reptiles, and mammals. They usually nest in tree holes

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