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Glaucidium jardinii

Andean Pygmy-Owl

  • Order: Strigiformes
  • Family: Strigidae
  • Monotypic


Glaucidium jardinii

Guasca, Cundinamarca, Colombia; 27 September 2014 © Andrés Ceballos Vargas

Andean Pygmy-Owl is uncommon in the humid montane and temperate forest of the Andes. Although in Peru it is limited to the east slope, it occurs on both slopes in the northern parts of its range. It is the only pygmy-owl occurring at such high elevations. In northern Ecuador, the Cloud-forest Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium nubicola) approaches the elevational range of Andean; these two species are best separated by voice and elevation. Andean’s song is generally a few descending “wheeuuu-d’d” phrases followed by a series of mellow tooting whistles. The Andean Pygmy-Owl often perches on open tree branches, and is frequently mobbed by the small passerines that it hunts.

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Recommended Citation

. 2011. Andean Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium jardinii), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Montane evergreen forest
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  • IUCN Status:Least Concern