The darker the color, the more favorable the climate conditions are for survival. The outlined areas represent approximate current range for each season. More on reading these maps.
Tiny and fearless, this forest owl occurs widely in pinewoods in the West. Northern Pygmy-Owls prey on a wide range of small birds, and they tend to be fairly common (although greatly under-detected) year-round throughout their range. While these owls are not usually considered to be a species of conservation concern, it may become the case. Audubon's climate model forecasts substantial losses of both summer and winter ranges, with no potential for expansion. Basically, climatically suitable areas for this owl are predicted to contract within the species’ current range. Assuming the species remains tied to western conifer forests, it will likely occupy a smaller range by the end of the century.