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Peruvian Pygmy Owl

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Rufous morphPhoto © by mmdnje.Photographed: Cerro Blanco-Guayaquil, Ecuador December 2005
Rufous morph
Photo © by mmdnje.
Photographed: Cerro Blanco-Guayaquil, Ecuador December 2005

Alternative name: Pacific Pygmy-Owl

Glaucidium peruanum


[edit] Identification

Typical birds are grey-brown with spotted crown and upperside, rufous birds have more streaked crown and upperside. Southern birds seems to only include the grey morph.

[edit] Distribution

Westernmost range of the Andes from Ecuador to northern Chile.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species1.

This species has been split from the Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl.

[edit] Habitat

A variety of habitats from dry thorny scrub to riparian areas to agricultural or park-like areas as long as they contain groups of larger trees.

[edit] Behaviour

Nocturnal but also partly diurnal. Song activity strongest at dusk, sometimes also at night

Male is strongly territorial.

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, James F. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2007. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445019
  2. König, C. and F. Weick 2008. Owls of the World, second edition. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 978-0-7136-6548-2

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