Birds of Colombia

    STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae (Owls)  
Genus: Glaucidium (5 species, 30 worldwide)

Genus Glaucidium, Pygmy Owls, are tiny owls, around 15 cm., which can be active day or night. All Pygmy Owls are usually being mobbed by small birds and hummingbirds.


Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium brasilianum)
Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  Brown morph.
   

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium brasilianum medianum)
Los Flamencos Wildlife Sanctuary, Camarones, La Guajira, Colombia
  Grey morph.
   

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium brasilianum)
Costa Rica
  Rufous morph
   

With different shades of brown, rufous and grey across its large range.

Central American Pygmy Owl
Central American Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium griseiceps)
Laguna Lagarto Lodge, Boca Tapada, Costa Rica
  Note brown-grey head color vs. other Pygmy Owls.
   
Photograph by Jorge Obando Gutierrez   © Copyrighted, All Rights Reserved.


Andean Pygmy Owl
Andean Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium jardinii)
Tatama National Park, Pueblo Rico, Risaralda, Colombia
  Comes in brown and rufous.
   

Andean Pygmy Owl
Andean Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium jardinii)
Tatama National Park, Pueblo Rico, Risaralda, Colombia
  Fake eyes on back to scare predators.
   


Cloud-forest Pygmy Owl
Cloud-forest Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium nubicola) Vulnerable
ProAves Tangaras Reserve, El Carmen de Atrato, Choco, Colombia  
   

Found in a narrow and wet altitude range around 1500m on the western Andean slope. Brown with spotted head (immature unspotted).
Believed to be an unspotted immature.

Subtropical Pygmy Owl
Subtropical Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium parkeri) Rare/Accidental
Pantiacolla Ridge, Madre de Dios, Peru  
   
Photograph by Graham Montgomery   © All Rights Reserved.



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