The collared owlet, being Asia's smallest owl species, measures between 15 and 17 cm. Females are generally larger than the males, weighing approximately 63 grams, whereas males weigh in at 52 grams.
This bird has a grey-brown colour (depending on age-morph) and has a barred back and flanks, while the head is more spotted than barred. They have prominent white eyebrows, vibrant lemon-yellow-coloured eyes and a white throat patch. The chin, center of the breast and belly are mostly white.The pale collar and the two black spots on each side of the nape imitate eye spots and make it seem like the owl is staring at you from behind. This is known as the "occipital face". It has a greyish-brown pale-spotted pectoral band on upper breast and lacks ear-tufts. You can see its tail when in flight, longer than most pygmy owls, and has rapid wingbeats.
Costa Rica is definitely a photographers delight and there are so many beautiful species to see. One of these is the parrot snake. It's gorgeous golden eye and it's many shades of green skin make it a superb subject . There is so much more and Nature's Tapestry Photo Adventure Tours will be going back in April to The Osa Peninsula and then again in September to the main part of Costa Rica. Please contact us if you would like further info.