Austral Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium nana

  • Order: Strigiformes
  • Family: Strigidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Heraldo Norambuena

Austral Pygmy-Owl is a common owl in the temperate forests of southern Argentina and Chile. Sturdy and tiny in size, the species is brown with bright yellow irides, a pale bill, and a barred brown and white wings and tail. Austral Pygmy-Owl favors southern temperate forests composed primarily of Nothofagus trees, but also lives in marginal forest and scrubby second growth. Like other pygmy-owls, Austral Pygmy-Owl almost always is detected first by its high-pitched tooting song.


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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Norambuena, H. (2013). Austral Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium nana), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.