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Amazonian Pygmy Owl

From Opus

Photo © by Anselmo d AffonsecaAmazonas, Brazil, March, 2011
Photo © by Anselmo d Affonseca
Amazonas, Brazil, March, 2011
Glaucidium hardyi


[edit] Identification

14-15 cm (5½-6 in)
Grey-brown plumage with gray crowns, spotted white, brown backs, the front is streaked on both the flanks and center, creating two parallel mostly whitish areas on the breast. The tails are very short, as are the pointy wings. Three white tail bands are visible. Eyes and feet are yellow.

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in south-eastern Venezuela to the Guianas, Amazonian Brazil, south-eastern Peru and Bolivia

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Upper storey of primary humid forest. Often shares a forest area with other pygmy owls that then are found closer to the ground.

[edit] Behaviour

Partly diurnal.

[edit] Diet

There is little information available. Food seems to be mainly insects, but also vertebrates found high in trees.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Arthur Grosset
  3. Birdforum thread with description of this species
  4. König, C. and F. Weick 2008. Owls of the World, second edition. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 978-0-7136-6548-2
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2017)

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