Colima Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium palmarum

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


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

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

Distribution in the Americas

Colima Pygmy-Owl is endemic to western Mexico. This species is resident along the Pacific slope from central Sonora south to Oaxaca, and also occurs in the Balsas drainage in Guerrero and Morelos (Friedmann et al. 1950, Howell and Webb 1995).

The elevational range of Colima Pygmy-Owl is from sea level up to 1500 m (Howell and Webb 1995).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Colima Pygmy-Owl occurs in thorn, tropical deciduous and tropical lowland evergreen forests, in coffee plantations, and in montane reaches the lower limits of humid montane forests (Schaldach 1963, Binford 1989, Howell and Webb 1995).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

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.