Northern Pygmy-Owl

Nest box Plan and Information

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Northern Pygmy-Owl
© Charles Gates
Construction difficulty:
moderate

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Nesting Range

Northern Pygmy-Owl Range Source: BNA Online

Nesting Habitat

  • Forest
  • Open Woodland

Attach Nest Box To

  • Dead Tree
  • Live tree
  • Post

Known Nesting Period

Not Nesting
Some Nesting Occurence
Nesting in Most of Range
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
Source: BNA Online

Nest Box Placement

Nest Height:
8ft
20ft

8–20 feet

Minimum Spacing:

1 mile

Facing:

Any

Nest Box Measurements

Entrance Hole:

2"

Depth:

13"

Width & Length:

7 1/4''

7 1/4''

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Helpful Tips

  • Nest boxes for this species are considered experimental. There are no reports of Northern Pygmy-Owls using nest boxes, but the closely-related Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl and Eurasian Pygmy-Owl have been reported to use nest boxes.
  • Add a thin layer of wood shavings to the box (will also nest on material from previous occupants).