Boreal Owl

Aegolius funereus

An uncommon species in interior Alaska this species has arrived on Saint Paul twice. The first individual was found in 1911, and the second was found on May 20, 1997. The first bird belonged to the Siberian subspecies,Aegolius funereus magnusand the second to the Alaska breeding subspecies Aegolius funereus richardsoni. If a visiting birder is lucky enough to spot a small owl huddled in the sand dunes, they should look for the pale bill, heavily spotted crown, and white facial disk to separate this species from the similar Northern Saw-Whet Owl.