Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Least Concern

Guatemalan Pygmy-owl (Glaucidium cobanense)


French: Chevêchette du Guatemala German: Guatemalazwergkauz Spanish: Mochuelo guatemalteco

Glaucidium cobanense


, 1875,

Cobán, Alta Vera Paz, Guatemala


Sometimes considered part of a species-group centred on G. passerinum (which see). Has usually been treated as a race of G. gnoma, but recent study of vocalizations has revealed notable differences#R#R. Monotypic.


S Mexico (Chiapas), Guatemala and Honduras.

Descriptive notes

16–18 cm; no data on body mass. Rufous morph bright reddish-brown, with little mottling on head; wings spotted and barred; tail long with 5–8 white bars; rufous... read more


Territorial call is a series of hoots. Rhythm is quite irregular, usually given in double (... read more


Highland pine-oak forest and cloud forest; occurs from 1000–2500 m elevation in Guatemala. read more

Food and feeding

Poorly known. Insects and small vertebrates such as rodents and birds. Secretive and thought to be nocturnal and crepuscular.


Little known. Nest in abandoned woodpecker hole or natural cavity. Clutch size reported to be 3–4 eggs.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in North Central American highlands EBA. Little known about ecology and population status... 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., Boesman, P. & Marks, J.S. (2019). Guatemalan Pygmy-owl (Glaucidium cobanense). 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 19 November 2019).