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Photo by Dave 2x
Cuba, March 2011
Glaucidium siju


17 cm, females larger than males

  • Brown upperparts, barred white
  • White underparts, streaked brown
  • Tawny collar
  • Two dark spots on back of neck
  • Feathered legs
  • Yellow iris


Birds on Isle of Pines are larger than birds in Cuba, just a few miles away.





Three subspecies are recognized[1].

  • G. s. siju:
  • G. s. turquinense:
  • Southeastern Cuba (Pico Turquino, in southwestern Santiago de Cuba)
  • G. s. vittatum:
  • Isle of Pines (Cuba)


Forests, woodland, edges, park-like gardens, second growth and plantations. From sea level to 1500 m above.


It hunts at night and during the day.


The diet includes lizards, frogs, small birds and insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Arthur Grosset
  3. 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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