Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)


Albertine Owlet (Glaucidium albertinum)


French: Chevêchette de Prigogine German: Albertzwergkauz Spanish: Mochuelo del Alberto

Glaucidium albertinum


, 1983,

Musangakye, DRCongo


This and some other Old World owlet species placed in genus Taenioglaux by some recent authors#R#R. Present species thought to be most closely related to G. capense and G. castaneum; has been treated as conspecific with G. capense#R. Monotypic.


Albertine Rift in E DRCongo and SW Rwanda.

Descriptive notes

c. 20 cm; female 73 g (n = 1). Smallish owlet with maroon-brown upperparts; creamy spots on forehead, crown and nape; and creamy bars on upper mantle. Scapulars with... read more


No information.


Little information. Type specimen taken in dense undergrowth of primary montane forest; other... read more

Food and feeding

Stomach of 1 bird contained a beetle and a grasshopper.


No information.


Unknown; probably resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Albertine Rift Mountains EBA. Status unknown, but small number of specimens collected from an area well explored by... read more

Recommended citation

Holt, D.W., Berkley, R., Deppe, C., Enríquez Rocha, P., Petersen, J.L., Rangel Salazar, J.L., Segars, K.P., Wood, K.L. & Marks, J.S. (2019). Albertine Owlet (Glaucidium albertinum). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 16 December 2019).