Tiny owl known only from a small area in the eastern Andes of northern Peru. The long plumes around its eyes and bill are unique among owls. Other features include white eyebrows, a buffy face, and amber eyes. The first part of its scientific name appropriately translates into “strange owl,” and until 2002 this bird was almost unknown in life. Since then, several reserves have been established that provide access to the stunted cloud forest that it inhabits. Its easily overlooked song is a soft, burry whistle repeated every few seconds.
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