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Austral Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium nana

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


Geographic Variation


Related Species

Described as Strix nana (King 1827), with type locality of "Port Famine (Puerto Hambre)", Straits of Magellan, southern Chile.

This taxon variously has been classified as a subspecies of Glaucidium brasilianum (Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl; e.g., Peters 1940, Olrog 1963, Johnson 1967, Markham 1971, Texera 1973, Clark et al. 1978) or as an allospecies, together with Glaucidium jardinii (Andean Pygmy-Owl, which inhabits humid montane forests in the high Andes), and G. brasilianum proper (Short 1975, Vuilleumier 1985). However recent studies, including molecular studies based on cytochrome b DNA sequence data, indicate that nana is a valid species (König 1991, Heidrich et al. 1995, Wink et al. 2008).

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.