French: Chevêchette de Cuba German: Kubazwergkauz Spanish: Mochuelo sijú
Affinities uncertain. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
G. s. siju
(d’Orbigny, 1839) – Cuba (except Pico Turquino).
G. s. turquinense
Garrido, 2002 – Pico Turquino, in SW Santiago de Cuba Province of SE Cuba.
G. s. vittatum
Ridgway, 1914 – I of Pines.
16–17 cm; male 47–68 g, female 66–102 g. Small pygmy-owl; crown, head sides and back greyish-brown with white spots; eyebrows whitish to cinnamon; nape... read more
Whistle-like “jiu” at short intervals, or repeated “jiu, jiu, jiu, jiu”,... read more
Coastal, deciduous and montane forest, forest edges, second growth, and open areas with scattered... read more
Food and feeding
Little quantitative information. Said to feed mostly on insects and small reptiles and also to take small mammals, birds and perhaps frogs... read more
Poorly known. Breeds in dry season. Lays in abandoned nest of other bird (especially woodpecker) or in natural tree cavity; clutch size 3... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Considered fairly common to common, although little information on species’ biology, and no conclusive comments can... read more
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