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Austral Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium nana

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


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Austral Pygmy-Owl
eBird range map for Austral Pygmy-Owl

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Austral Pygmy-Owl occurs in southern South America, from central Chile and west central Argentina south to Tierra del Fuego. The northernmost distributional limit in Chile is not well documented, and at least some of the population may move farther north in the nonbreeding season (Jaramillo 2003).

In Chile, Austral Pygmy-Owl occurs from sea level up to 2000 m (Jaramillo 2003).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Austral Pygmy-Owl inhabits forests and thickets, parks in the cities and farmland with scattered trees or small groves (Housse 1945, Goodall et al. 1957, Johnson 1967, Jiménez and Jaksic 1989, König and Weick 2008, Ibarra et al. 2012). In central Chile, Austral Pygmy-Owl has been reported in evergreen shrublands (particularly in ravines, Barros 1949); in southern Chile, in temperate beech forests; and in southernmost Chile, in Nothofagus forests (Humphrey et al. 1970, Markham 1971, Texera 1973, Venegas and Jory 1979, Jiménez and Jaksic 1989, Ibarra et al. 2012). In Argentina, it is reported to inhabit Nothofagus forests (Narosky and Izurieta 1987) and Patagonian scrub/steppe (Olrog and Capllonch 1986, Santillán et al. 2010).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

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