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Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
Glaucidium brasilianum ridgwayi, Strigidae
Trails Near Carretera 281, Yucatán, Mexico
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
November 21, 2014

Here we have a Pygmy-Owl demonstrating the amazing ability of owls to rotate their heads up to 270°. Owl eyes are fixed in their sockets so they must rotate their entire head to change their field of view. Owls have several adaptations to their circulatory system that allow for the unrestricted flow of blood to the brain during this extreme head rotation.

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