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Glaucidium is also a plant genus in the Buttercup family, Ranunculaceae.
Pygmy owls
African Barred Owlet
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Glaucidium
Boie, 1826

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A Pygmy Owl is a member of genus Glaucidium of family Strigidae (the owls) of order Strigiformes. Some of the species are called "owlets". The exact number of species is somewhat disputed.


The supposed prehistoric species "Glaucidium" dickinsoni is now recognized as a burrowing owl, probably a paleosubspecies providentiae. Bones of an indeterminate Glaucidium have been recovered from Late Pliocene deposits in Poland (Mlíkovský 2002).


  • Mlíkovský, Jirí (2002): Cenozoic Birds of the World, Part 1: Europe: 215. Ninox Press, Prague. ISBN 80-901105-3-8 PDF fulltext

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