Pernambuco Pygmy-owl Glaucidium mooreorum

Pernambuco Pygmy-owl Glaucidium mooreorum

Pernambuco Pygmy-owl Glaucidium mooreorum

Critically endangered


The Pernambuco Pygmy-owl has been recorded in the canopy of old secondary forest where it was observed eating a cicada. An unconfirmed report suggested that the species was vocal during the rainy months of April and May (S. A. Roda in litt. 2006, 2008). Pernambuco Pygmy-owls has been recorded in forest up to 150 m but has not been found in other well-surveyed forests in the region at elevations between 400 and 600 m. The species has doubtless been extirpated from most of its range by destruction of humid tall forests (Butchart et al. 2018) and any population, if remaining, must be tiny.

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The Pernambuco Center, where this species was described, is by far the most modified region of Atlantic Forest, having declined in extent from c. 39,500 km2 to c. 1,900 km2 by 2002. Most of the 52 remaining reserves are less than 5 km2 in size and almost none of this truly lowland (Butchart et al. 2018). Large amounts of forest were cleared to make way for plantations and agriculture (Pereira et al. 2014). The remainder is severely fragmented and legal restrictions have proven inadequate in halting deforestation from fire and illegal logging.

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Further Information


BirdLife International. 2019. Glaucidium mooreorum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T22733081A156084939. Downloaded on 15 February 2021.

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