• Welcome to BirdForum, the internet's largest birding community with thousands of members from all over the world. The forums are dedicated to wild birds, birding, binoculars and equipment and all that goes with it.

    Please register for an account to take part in the discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.
ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

Yungas Pygmy Owl - BirdForum Opus

Revision as of 01:25, 25 January 2022 by Njlarsen (talk | contribs) (range, ref,)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Ollantaytambo, Cusco Department, Peru, September 2018
Glaucidium bolivianum


16 cm.
Brown morph is more common, but grey and red morphs also exist. There is an ochre ring around the neck with prominent false eyes above on the rear. Crown and back with pale marking, underside pale with dark mottling on sides of upper breast connected with a dusky band quite high up.
Eyes golden yellow, other bare parts greenish yellow with dark claws.


Eastern slope of Andes in Peru (south and east of the Marañón Valley) south through Bolivia to northwestern Argentina (south to Tucumán). Also found on some mountains some distance away from the chain.


This is a monotypic species1. It has previously been considered a part of Andean Pygmy Owl.


Moist (sometimes only seasonally) montane forests from 1000-3000 m asl.


Activity stretch from dusk to dawn, but it is rarely active during the day. Song activity is often good on moonlit nights.

Breeding season begins with singing males in August-September in Argentina.


  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. König, C. and F. Weick 2008. Owls of the World, second edition. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 978-0-7136-6548-2

Recommended Citation

External Links