Cape Pygmy-Owl

Glaucidium hoskinsii

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

NON-AOU

Code 6

NON-AOU

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Cape Pygmy-Owl has a fairly small range that includes mountainous areas in the Sierras Laguna and Gigante in the Southern Baja Peninsula. It occurs in pine-oak forests between 1500 and 2100 meters. Its population has not been estimated but is believed to be large and stable enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Cape Pygmy-Owl: Very small owl, mottled brown upperparts, buff spots on head, brown streaks on white underparts. Mottled brown facial disk. No ear tufts. Yellow eyes, yellow-buff bill, gray feet. Short, rounded wings, barred tail.


Range and Habitat

Cape Pygmy-Owl: Endemic to the mountains of southern Baja California where it is found year-round. Prefers pine-oak and pine forests. Usually found between 1,500-2,100 meters in elevation, though may move to lower altitudes in the winter.

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Cape Pygmy-Owl SONGS AND CALLS

Cape Pygmy-Owl QQ1

Song is a series of piping toots given about 2 seconds apart.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"hu, hu, hu, hu"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of owls has many collective nouns, including a "bazaar", "glaring", "parliament", "stooping", and "wisdom" of owls.
  • The Cape Pygmy-Owl can take prey two to three times its own size.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

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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