Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut Owlet (Glaucidium castaneum)


French: Chevêchette châtaine German: Kastanienkauz Spanish: Mochuelo castaño

Glaucidium castaneum


, 1893,

Andundi, DRCongo


This and some other Old World owlet species placed in genus Taenioglaux by some recent authors#R#R. Thought to be most closely related to G. capense and G. albertinum. Has been treated as conspecific with G. capense; race etchecopari of latter sometimes placed with present species or treated as a separate species (see G. capense). Monotypic.


NE DRCongo (Semliki Valley) and SW Uganda (Bwamba Forest).

Descriptive notes

20–21 cm; c. 100 g. Small owlet (wing length 128–139 mm) with pale facial disc with few darker rings, white eyebrows; head dark brown, densely spotted... read more


Series of whistled “kyurr-kyurr-kyurr” notes, accelerating at end.


Humid lowland rainforest and montane forest, at 1000–1700 m above sea-level.

Food and feeding

Small vertebrates and large insects. Hunts mostly from perch.


No information.


Probably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Almost nothing known about population status and biology, although species probably threatened by loss of native... 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). Chestnut Owlet (Glaucidium castaneum). 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 8 December 2019).