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Peruvian Pygmy Owl ~ Glaucidium peruanum


The Peruvian Pygmy Owl is a tiny to very small owl with no ear-tufts. It is also known as the Pacific Pygmy Owl.

Photo Gallery (4 pictures)

  • Peruvian Pygmy Owl
  • Peruvian Pygmy Owl
  • Peruvian Pygmy Owl
  • Peruvian Pygmy Owl

Sound Gallery

Typical call - Parque Nacional Machalilla, Manabí, Ecuador. July 2001. CC Nick Athanas.


Distribution: Western slopes of the Andes from western Ecuador through Peru to northern Chile.

Range of Peruvian Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium peruanum)
Range of the Peruvian Pygmy Owl Glaucidium peruanum

Status: Locally not rare. Listed as 'Least Concern' by Birdlife International.

Original Description: König, Claus. 1991. Ökologie der Vögel, 13, p. 56-61.

References: (may contain affiliate links)
BirdLife International. 2020. "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species". IUCN.
International Ornithological Congress. 2023. "IOC World Bird List - Owls".
König, Claus & Weick, Friedhelm. 2008. "Owls: A Guide to the Owls of the World (Second Edition)". Yale University Press.
Glaucidium peruanum at Xeno-canto.

See also: Other owls from South America, Genus: Glaucidium.

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