Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)


Long-whiskered Owlet (Xenoglaux loweryi)


French: Chevêchette nimbée German: Peruanerkauz Spanish: Mochuelo peludo

Xenoglaux loweryi

O’Neill and G. R. Graves

, 1977,

10 km north-east of Abra Patricia (1890 m), Departamento San Martín, Peru


Relationships unclear. Monotypic.


Few localities in C Amazonas and NW San Martín (R Mayo valley), N Peru#R.

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm; one male 47 g, two females 46 g and 51 g. Distinctive, tiny, very short-tailed owlet. Unique long “whiskers” around base of bill and on sides of... read more


No definite information; recent records suggest song possibly short, mellow whistles followed by... read more


Humid cloudforest with bamboo thickets and other dense undergrowth, the trees covered with mosses,... read more

Food and feeding

No information. Presumably eats insects given its small size. Apparently active at dusk.


No information.


No information. Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES II. Previously considered Near Threatened, but upgraded to Endangered in 2000. Restricted-range species: present in Andean Ridge-top Forests EBA. Perhaps... 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. (2020). Long-whiskered Owlet (Xenoglaux loweryi). 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 February 2020).