Amazonian Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium hardyi

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Amazonian Pygmy-Owl is a short trill, and is not always immediately recognizable as being given by an owl (Hilty 2003). This vocalizations variously is described as "a slightly descending, melancholy, rapid series of whistled notes: tutututututututututo (about 10 notes/sec)" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2010), or as "a series of c. 10-30 short, fluted notes in a rapid 'staccato' sequence (c. 10-13 notes per second), each phrase lasting c. 2.5-3 seconds and repeated at variable intervals: bybybybybybybybybybyby.....bybyby, or bübübübübübübübü....bübübübü" (König and Weick 2008).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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.