Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Least Concern

Guatemalan Pygmy-owl (Glaucidium cobanense)


Taxonomy

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

Glaucidium cobanense

Sharpe

, 1875,

Cobán, Alta Vera Paz, Guatemala

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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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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.

Breeding

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

Movements

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 https://www.hbw.com/node/55062 on 20 June 2019).