Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Least Concern

Subtropical Pygmy-owl (Glaucidium parkeri)


French: Chevêchette de Parker German: Parkerzwergkauz Spanish: Mochuelo de Parker

Glaucidium parkeri

Robbins and S. N. G. Howell

, 1995,

Cerros del Sira (1550 m), Departamento Huánuco, Peru


Considered a member of G. minutissimum complex, which includes also G. palmarum, G. sanchezi, G. griseiceps and G. hardyi; further study needed to determine true relationships. Recently described species with highly distinctive song, possibly not closely related to others of that complex. Monotypic.


E slope of Andes in Ecuador and Peru; N to SW Colombia#R, possibly also extending farther S into N Bolivia (to W Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

c. 14 cm; male 60–64 g (n = 3), no data for female. Tiny pygmy-owl; crown and sides of face greyish-brown, conspicuously spotted white; nape with... read more


Song consists of 3 (2–4) relatively short, low-pitched hoots, with increasing length of inter... read more


Originally known from subtropical evergreen forest at 1450–1975 m on Andean slopes; all known... read more

Food and feeding

Little known; probably large insects, small lizards and small birds.


No information. Speculated to nest in old woodpecker cavities “at considerable height above ground”.


Probably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Considered uncommon; easily overlooked. Predicted that species’ range will be found to be more extensive than... 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). Subtropical Pygmy-owl (Glaucidium parkeri). 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 20 January 2020).