Seeing Guatemalan Pygmy Owl in Guatemala with CAYAYA BIRDING

Guatemalan Pygmy Owl in Guatemala
Rufous morph Guatemalan Pygmy Owl Glaucidium cobanense the highlands of Guatemala.

Belonging to the Northern Pygmy Owl complex (G. gmoma s.l.), Guatemalan Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium cobanense) is endemic to Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and the south-Mexican state of Chiapas. Guatemalan Pygmy Owl occurs mainly above 1500 m (5000 ft) elevation, thus the Chiapas-Guatemala highland is the core area of distribution. In Guatemala it is widespread throughout the highlands.

Guatemalan Pygmy Owl habitat in Guatemala
Mixed highland forest in Guatemala, habitat of Guatemalan Pygmy Owl.

Guatemalan Pygmy Owl is mostly diurnal and feeds mainly on vertebrates (birds, lizards). Most of the CAYAYA BIRDING tours include sites with good chances of seeing Guatemalan Pygmy Owl.

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Photographs of Guatemalan Pygmy Owl seen during CAYAYA BIRDING tours in Guatemala

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Videos of Guatemalan Pygmy Owl seen during CAYAYA BIRDING tours in Guatemala

A calling Guatemalan Pygmy Owl.

Juvenile Guatemalan Pygmy Owls at the nest entrance.

A calling Guatemalan Pygmy Owl being mobbed by a Rufous Sabrewing Campylopterus rufus.


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Guatemalan Pygmy Owl with prey
Guatemalan Pygmy Owl Glaucidium cobanense with prey (Common Chlorospingus Chlorospingus flavopectus) in the highlands of Guatemala.

Contributions by Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño of CAYAYA BIRDING to the knowledge about Guatemalan Pygmy Owl

  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2018) An update on the inventory, distribution and residency status of bird species in Guatemala. Bulletin British Ornithologists' Club 138: 148-229.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2017) The owls of Guatemala. 447-515 in P. L. Enríquez (ed.) Neotropical owls: diversity and conservation. Springer, Cham, Switzerland.
  • Enríquez, P. L., K. Eisermann, H. Mikkola & J. C. Motta-Junior (2017) A review of the systematics of Neotropical owls (Strigiformes). 7-19 in P. L. Enríquez (ed.) Neotropical owls: diversity and conservation. Springer, Cham, Switzerland.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2015) Los búhos de Guatemala. 381-434 in P. L. Enríquez (ed.) Los búhos neotropicales: diversidad y conservación. ECOSUR, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México.
  • Eisermann, K. (2013) Vocal field marks of Unspotted Saw-whet Owl and Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl. Neotropical Birding 13: 8-13.
  • Eisermann, K., C. Avendaño & P. Tanimoto (2013). Birds of the Cerro El Amay Important Bird Area, Quiché, Guatemala. Cotinga 35: 81-93.
  • Eisermann, K. & S. N. G. Howell (2011). Vocalizations of the Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium cobanense). Journal of Raptor Research 45: 304-314.
  • Howell, S. N. G. & K. Eisermann (2011) Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium cobanense is a good species. Neotropical Birding 9: 74-76.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2007) Lista comentada de las aves de Guatemala - Annotated checklist of the birds of Guatemala. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2006) Diversidad de aves en Guatemala, con una lista bibliográfica. Pp. 525-623 In: E. Cano (ed.) Biodiversidad de Guatemala, Vol. 1. Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala.
  • Eisermann, K. & U. Schulz (2005) Birds of a high-altitude cloud forest in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Revista de Biología Tropical 53: 577-594.
  • More about our bird research in Guatemala.

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