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Glaucidium brodiei
Photo by Biju.P.B
Yotong La, Bhutan, April, 2015


15–17 cm (6-6¾ in) - Smallest Asian owl

  • Large round head
  • Rufous brown or grey body
  • Dark brown bars on back, wings, tail, sides of upper breast
  • White lower breast and belly
  • Dark brown spots on sides
  • Creamy-buff spots on head
  • White throat with a brown bar
  • Buff collar
  • Two orange and black eye spots on back of neck


Asia: found in Afghanistan, China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Taiwan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula, Brunei, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas and Sumatra.



There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • G. b. brodiei:
  • G. b. pardalotum:
  • G. b. peritum:
  • G. b. borneense:

Two additional subspecies garoense and sylvaticum are not generally recognised[2].


Evergreen montane forests.


Most active at dusk and night.


The diet includes small birds, rodents, large insects and lizards.


It nests in a tree cavity. 4 white eggs are laid and both parents feed the young.


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Recording by Alok Tewari
Recorded early morning
Sat Tal Forest, Alt. 5500 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, 19 October 2018.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Lepage D. (2021) [Avibase - https://avibase.ca/8BB833BB]. Retrieved 23 January 2021
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Birding in Taiwan

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