Collared Owlet of Fraser’s Hill, Malaysia

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“This Collared Owlet (Glaucidium brodiei) at 16cm is considered among the world’s smallest. It is quite common up in Fraser’s Hill, Malaysia but getting to see it is really difficult. There were many times when we knew that it was really close, but the four of us spent some hours looking at the direction of the call, but just could not spot it.

“Unlike other owls,this is a day owl, in that it hunts by day, and it marks it’s territory by continuous calling in the mornings and evenings. It is a montane forest bird, living from 600m up so no chance of seeing one in Singapore.

“The Collared Owlet nests in old tree holes or holes made by woodpeckers and barbets, about 10 meters above the ground.

“The closest to the Fraser’s Hill Collared Owlet’s call is from Thailand. This call can be heard HERE, recorded by Dave Farrow and posted in The Owl Pages.

KC Tsang
20th October 2010

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