Pearl-spotted Owlet (Glaucidium perlatum) - HBW 5, p. 210
French: Chevêchette perlée
Spanish: Mochuelo Perlado
Other common names: Pearl-spotted Owl
Taxonomy: Strix perlata Vieillot, 1817, Senegal.
Sometimes considered to form superspecies with G. passerinum, G. brodiei, G. californicum and G. gnoma (including recently separated G. cobanense and G. hoskinsii), but DNA evidence clearly shows that G. passerinum and G. californicum are not closely related. Population of E & NE Africa sometimes separated as kilimense, included in licua. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- perlatum (Vieillot, 1817) - Senegambia to W Sudan; possibly also Liberia.
- licua (Lichtenstein, 1842) - E Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda S to N & E South Africa, Angola and Namibia.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 24 videos
A bird perched on a branch Locality Tsavo West National Park, Kenya (ssp licua)
Jean Hupperetz 30 November 2003 10 years ago 18 sec 4.5
A bird perched in a tree Locality Tsavo West National Park, Kenya (ssp licua)
Jean Hupperetz 30 November 2003 10 years ago 32 sec 4.5
A bird scratching its head, shaking its plumage and flying away. Locality Sof Omar, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp licua)
Josep del Hoyo 7 December 2005 8 years ago 51 sec 4.4
Different views of a bird in a tree at daytime Locality Yundum, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp perlatum)
Eldert Groenewoud 26 October 2005 6 years ago 44 sec 4.3
Bird on branch looks around Locality Toshari Lodge, Outjo, Kunene Region, Namibia (ssp licua)
Desmond Allen 5 September 2013 1 year ago 27 sec 4.1
Front and back view (near Satara) Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Ghislain Gosse 19 October 2014 1 hour ago ADDED TODAY! 32 sec 4
PhotosSee all 40 photos
Locality Botswana (ssp licua)
Bernard Axel 15 May 2013 29 weeks ago 4.6
bird perched in tree, near Satara
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa (ssp licua)
Tom Heijnen 11 August 2011 45 weeks ago 4.5
Adult perched in full daylight
Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia
Marco Valentini 16 August 2013 1 year ago 4.5
Locality Senegambia Hotel, Kololi, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp perlatum)
Paul Cools 9 February 2011 2 years ago 4.5
perched bird in morning sunlight
Locality Nioro du Rip, Kaolack Region, Senegal (ssp perlatum)
Nik Borrow 23 January 2010 48 weeks ago 4.4
A perched adult bird.
Locality Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia (ssp perlatum)
Steve Garvie 11 October 2008 4 years ago 4.3