Flammulated Owl in unusual habitat in the Cariboo-Chilcotin, British Columbia

Kenneth G. Wright

6090 Blink Bonnie Road, West Vancouver, B.C. V7W 1V8

Abstract: I heard a Flammulated Owl (Otus flammeolus) on 14 and 15 May 1995 in a Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. glauca) forest near Williams Lake, British Columbia. The owl was assumed to be a male, based on the singing frequency and pitch of its characteristic low-pitched advertising hoot. The topography of the area is a relatively flat plateau with gradual relief, approximately 4.5 km from the nearest steep, semi-open coniferous forest (estimated canopy closure <30%), the habitat normally occupied by this species in British Columbia.

This observation suggests that Flammulated Owl inventories should encompass high plateau forests adjacent to side slopes.

Key words: Cariboo-Chilcotin region, Flammulated Owl, habitat, Otus flammeolus.

PDFicon Wright, K.G. 1999. Flammulated Owl in unusual habitat in the Cariboo-Chilcotin, British Columbia. British Columbia Birds 9:19-21.


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