Austral Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium nana

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



Austral Pygmy-Owl does not avoid man’s presence, and it is often mobbed by passerines (Housee 1945, Barros 1949, Johnson 1967, Jiménez and Jaksic 1989). This pygmy-owl is a solitary hunter that stalks prey from perches throughout the day (Barros 1949, Norambuena and Muñoz-Pedreros 2012). Austral Pygmy-Owl principally is diurnal, but also is active at night (König and Weick 2008, Norambuena and Muñoz-Pedreros 2012).


Austral Pygmy-Owl is highly territorial, with aggressive responses to the vocalizations of conspecifics, especially during the nestling and post-fledging season (Norambuena, unpublished data)

Social and interspecific behavior

Solitary or in pairs.

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.