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Glaucidium peruanum

Peruvian Pygmy-Owl

  • Order: Strigiformes
  • Family: Strigidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Hope Batcheller

Priorities for Future Research

Peruvian Pygmy-Owl is widely distributed and is fairly common across its range. Nonetheless, most aspects of its natural history are very poorly known. This lack of knowledge primarily is an artifact, as until recently Peruvian Pygmy-Owl was not recognized as distinct from the widespread, and relatively well known, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium brasilianum). Consequently even the diet and reproductive biology of Peruvian Pygmy-Owl are not well known, and there is no information on such topics as age at first breeding, life span and survivorship, dispersal, population regulation, molts, territoriality and population density, sexual behavior, and responses to predators.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Hope Batcheller. 2012. Peruvian Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium peruanum), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: