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Austral Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium nana

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Austral Pygmy-Owl has five primary vocalizations (König and Weick 2008, Norambuena and Muñoz-Pedreros 2012, Norambuena and Muñoz-Pedreros unpublished data):

(1) contact pair call, a whistle with 6 to 7 notes/sec described as huj-huj-huj-huj-huj-huj

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

(2) territorial call a sharp trill described as truie-truie-yi-yi

(3) nestling call, soft metallic chirps trigigigirrr or trigigick

(4) courtship call a whistle made by both sexes described as tiririi-tiririi and

(5) a diud or diuh call made by both sexes.

Also tick-tick calls are usually used before the territorial call (Norambuena and Muñoz-Pedreros, unpublished data).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Austral Pygmy-Owl can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

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.