- 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.
- G. s. siju:
- Most of Cuba
- 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.
- 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/
- Arthur Grosset
- König, C. and F. Weick 2008. Owls of the World, second edition. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 978-0-7136-6548-2
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Cuban Pygmy Owl. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 4 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Cuban_Pygmy_Owl
GSearch checked for 2020 platform.