Eurasian Pygmy-owl (Glaucidium passerinum) - HBW 5, p. 209
French: Chevêchette d’Europe
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.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
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Pygmy owl is rarely seen in Skåne, but this winter theres been a few observations. In winter most nests are of course empty, the
Locality Ystad, Skane County, Sweden
Jonn Leffmann 26 February 2012 1 year ago 3
A bird in the top of a spruce.
Locality Oulu Province, Finland (ssp passerinum)
Dc.Owl 8 June 2009 3 years ago 3
Locality Smaland Povince, Sweden (ssp passerinum)
Lars Petersson 6 March 2011 2 years ago 2.8
Locality Tartu, Tartu County, Estonia
Jack Piper 2 May 2005 4 years ago 2.7
Glaucidium passerinum in Moscow region in Russia.
Locality Moscow, Western Russia, Russia (Monotypic species)
Александр Гончаров 18 November 2010 2 years ago 2.7
A bird on the top of a spruce at dusk
Locality Ask, Oslo & Akershus, Norway (ssp passerinum)
Eric Roualet 25 December 2008 4 years ago 2.6