Cape Pygmy-Owl

Glaucidium hoskinsii




Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4


Code 6




Cape Pygmy-Owl Head Illustration.jpg
  • Bill Shape: Hooked
  • Eye Color: Yellow
  • Head pattern: Spotted
  • Crown Color: Cinnamon with white spots.
  • Forehead Color: Facial disk is gray-cinnamon but poorly-defined, with cream eyebrows.
  • Nape Color: Cinnamon overall with black patches bordered above with white and below with buff that resemble eyes.
  • Throat Color: Cinnamon on upperthroat and white on lower throat.
  • Cere color: Yellow



Cape Pygmy-Owl Body Illustration.jpg
  • Length Range: 15-17 cm (6-6.6 in)
  • Weight: 48-65 g (1.7-2.3 oz)
  • Size: Small (5 - 9 in)
  • Color Primary: Brown, Rufous or Rust
  • Underparts: Cream with chestnut streaking, and cinnamon with cream spots from flanks across upper breast, giving the appearance of a cape.
  • Upperparts: Cinnamon with white spots.
  • Back Pattern: Spotted or speckled
  • Belly Pattern: Striped or streaked
  • Breast Pattern: Striped or streaked


Cape Pygmy-Owl Flight Illustration.jpg
  • Flight Pattern: They fly with an undulating pattern, similar to a woodpecker.
  • Wingspan Range: 33-38 cm (13-15 in)
  • Wing Shape: Broad-Wings
  • Tail shape: Rounded Tail, Squared Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Brown with fine white barring.
  • Upper Tail: Brown with fine white barring.
  • Under Tail: Brown with fine white barring.
  • Leg Color: Covered in feathers with brown and white barring, with yellow toes.
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