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Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Pearl-spotted Owlet (Glaucidium perlatum) - HBW 5, p. 210

French: Chevêchette perlée German: Perlkauz 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.