Central American Pygmy-Owl

Glaucidium griseiceps

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

CAPO

Code 6

GLAGRI

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Central American Pygmy-Owl has a large range of 1,730,000 square kilometers. It occurs in rain forests, old second growth, and semi-open areas in southern Mexico, much of the Caribbean slope of Central America, and locally from western Colombia to northwestern Ecuador. Its population is estimated at 20,000 to 49,999 individuals and is large and stable enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Central American Pygmy-Owl: Very small owl, red-brown upperparts, brown-gray on head. Red-brown on sides of breast, red-brown streaks on white underparts. Mottled gray and white facial disk, short white eyebrows, no ear tufts. Eyes yellow, bill yellow-buff. Short, rounded wings, black-gray tail with three white bars.

 

Range and Habitat

Central American Pygmy-Owl: Resides year-round in parts of southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama. Has small ranges in northwestern parts of Colombia and Ecuador. Found in tropical, humid forests and nearby secondary growth, from sea level to 1,300 meters in elevation.

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Central American Pygmy-Owl SONGS AND CALLS

Central American Pygmy-Owl S1

Song is a series of repeated hoots, "huu, huu, huu, huu".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"huu-huu, huu-huu-huu-huu-huu".

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of owls has many collective nouns, including a "bazaar", "glaring", "parliament", "stooping", and "wisdom" of owls.
  • Most owls fly silently, but the Central American Pygmy-Owl can be noisy during flight.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Chris Vest

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