Amazonian Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium hardyi

  • Order: Strigiformes
  • Family: Strigidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg


Only a single nest has been reported to date, discovered in late September in French Guiana (Deville and Ingels 2012). The nest was an old woodpecker cavity, ca 25 m above the ground in a 35 m tall dead tree. The entrance to the nest cavity was estimated to have a diameter of ca 7.5 cm, and the diameter of the vertical trunk containing this cavity was estimated at ca 20 cm. The nest contained one or more large nestlings; only a single nestling could be observed at a time in the entrance to the nest. Adults entered the nest without pausing on the rim. Two observations were made of adults bringing food to the nest to provision the young: identified prey items were a small, unidentified, half-eaten bird, and a cicada.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2012). Amazonian Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium hardyi), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.