Long-whiskered Owlet

South America


Xenoglaux loweryi


It has a small population that lives in a very restricted environment. This has been seriously devastated by continued deforestation.

The Long-Whiskered Owlet, a Peruvian endemic bird, belongs to the Xenoglaux genus which means ‘strange owl’. Its 1976 discovery by a team from Louisiana State University has prompted it to be categorised as one of the smallest owls in the world.

Its predominantly brown body is contrasted by its white eyebrows and belly. It has a short tail, stubby wings, and large orange-brown eyes. Though it doesn’t have ear tufts, its long whisker-like facial feathers that extend out past its head give it an appearance of having long tufts.