Amazonian Pygmy Owl Glaucidium hardyi
Amazonian Pygmy-owl, Thaimaçu, Pará, Brazil, April 2003 - click for larger image Thaimaçu, Pará, Brazil
April 2003

The Amazonian Pygmy Owl is distributed from south-east Venezuela and the Guianas through Brazil to south-east Peru and northern Bolivia. See the distribution map at xeno-canto. It is found in the upper storey of humid forest and this bird was in very tall terra firme forest.

We heard its distinctive voice during the day but it took us almost an hour to track down where it was coming from. The photo shows little distinguishing features but it is tiny at 14cm (5½") with greyish-brown plumage. Jeremy Minns made a lovely recording (after playback).

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