Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Eurasian Pygmy-owl (Glaucidium passerinum) - HBW 5, p. 209

French: Chevêchette d’Europe German: Sperlingskauz Spanish: Mochuelo Alpino
Other common names: Pygmy Owl/Owlet, Northern Pygmy-owl(!), Old World Pygmy-owl; European Pygmy-owl (passerinum)

Taxonomy: Strix passerina Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.
Sometimes considered to form superspecies with G. brodiei, G. perlatum, G. californicum and G. gnoma (including recently separated G. cobanense and G. hoskinsii), but DNA evidence clearly shows that present species and G. californicum are not closely related. Race orientale intergrades with nominate in W Siberia and Altai Mts. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • passerinum (Linnaeus, 1758) - from Scandinavia and mountains of S, C & E Europe E across NW & C Russia and Siberia to Sakhalin and NE China.
  • orientale Taczanowski, 1891 - C & E Siberia.