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 21 videos
A bird perched on a branch Locality Tsavo West National Park, Kenya (ssp licua)
Jean Hupperetz 30 November 2003 9 years ago 18 sec 4.7
Different views of a bird in a tree at daytime Locality Yundum, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp perlatum)
Eldert Groenewoud 26 October 2005 5 years ago 44 sec 4.7
A bird perched in a tree Locality Tsavo West National Park, Kenya (ssp licua)
Jean Hupperetz 30 November 2003 9 years ago 32 sec 4.6
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 7 years ago 51 sec 4.4
Bird on branch looks around Locality Toshari Lodge, Outjo, Kunene Region, Namibia (ssp licua)
Desmond Allen 5 September 2013 11 weeks ago 27 sec 4.1
A bird on a branch Locality Brufut, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp perlatum)
Alex García · Videoaves 18 April 2011 1 year ago 32 sec 4
PhotosSee all 23 photos
Locality Senegambia Hotel, Kololi, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp perlatum)
Paul Cools 9 February 2011 1 year ago 4.5
A perched adult bird.
Locality Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia (ssp perlatum)
Steve Garvie 11 October 2008 3 years ago 4.3
Adult perched in full daylight
Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia
Marco Valentini 16 August 2013 13 weeks ago 4.3
Perched bird, attentively watched by an Reichenow's Seedeater.
Locality Negele Borana scrub, Negele Arsi, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp licua)
Fran Trabalon 15 November 2012 30 weeks ago 4.3
Bird on a branch
Locality Senegambia Hotel, Kololi, Western Division, The Gambia
Klaus Lachenmaier 24 March 2013 30 weeks ago 4.3
Perched in a tree at eye level
Locality Avis Dam, Windhoek, Khomas Region, Namibia
Lee Hunter 25 July 2010 50 weeks ago 4.3