Despite being among the smallest owls found in Alaska, pygmy owls are fierce predators who will hunt other birds, rodents, and insects. They have even been known to hunt birds twice their size. Unlike many other owls, the northern pygmy owl can often be seen in the daylight, usually at dawn and dusk when they are the most active.
Songbirds may make a ruckus and harass these owls until they move out of the area. Fellow raptors pose a great threat to this tiny owl. To discourage predators, the pygmy owl has black spots on the back of their head that resemble eyes. These false eyes make would-be attackers think they are being watched.