Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Near Threatened

Tamaulipas Pygmy-owl (Glaucidium sanchezi)


French: Chevêchette du Tamaulipas German: Sanchezzwergkauz Spanish: Mochuelo tamaulipeco

Glaucidium sanchezi

Lowery and Newman

, 1949,

San Luis Potosí, Mexico


Considered a member of G. minutissimum complex, which includes also G. palmarum, G. griseiceps, G. parkeri and G. hardyi; further study needed to determine true relationships. Recently separated from G. minutissimum on basis of vocalizations. Monotypic.


NE Mexico (S Tamaulipas, SE San Luis Potosí and extreme N Hidalgo).

Descriptive notes

13–16 cm; 51–55 g, females heavier than males. Smallish pygmy-owl. Sexual dimorphism unique in genus. Male has grey-brown crown and nape, with fine pale buff to... read more


Song comprises 1–3 long, slow-paced, high-pitched hoots with long pauses between; differs... read more


Subtropical, humid evergreen and semi-deciduous montane forest, pine-evergreen forest, typically... read more

Food and feeding

Very poorly studied. Reported to take insects and lizards.


Little information. Nest in tree cavity or hole, especially old woodpecker hole. Clutch size 2–4 eggs; young said to be capable of... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Southern Sierra Madre Oriental EBA. Uncommon to fairly common;... 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., Sharpe, C.J. & Marks, J.S. (2019). Tamaulipas Pygmy-owl (Glaucidium sanchezi). 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 14 December 2019).