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Colima Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium palmarum

  • Order: Strigiformes
  • Family: Strigidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg



There is very little information on the behavior of Colima Pygmy-Owl, although its behavior is generally similar to that of other species of Glaucidium: it is partially diurnal,it forages in the midstory, often twitches the tail from side to side, and often are mobbed by smaller species of birds.


Very little information. Schaldach (1963) called in as many as four individual Colima Pygmy-Owls at once, in response to whistled imitations of the song, implying very high local densities.

Sexual Behavior

Undescribed; Colima Pygmy-Owl presumably is socially monogamous.

Social and interspecific behavior

Colima Pygmy-Owl usually is solitary.


There are no reports of predation on Colima Pygmy-Owl?

Recommended Citation

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