Flammulated Owl Psiloscops flammeolus


Taxonomic note
Psiloscops flammeolus (del Hoyo and Collar 2014) was previously placed in the genus Otus.

Taxonomic source(s)
del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.
del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N. J.; Christie, D. A.; Elliott, A.; Fishpool, L. D. C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International.

IUCN Red list criteria met and history
Red List criteria met
Critically Endangered Endangered Vulnerable
- - -

Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2016 Least Concern
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern
Species attributes

Migratory status full migrant Forest dependency High
Land mass type Average mass -
Extent of occurrence (EOO)

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 4,440,000 medium
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 578,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -
Population and trend
Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor estimated 2009
Population trend Decreasing suspected -
Decline (3 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (5 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation future) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation past and future) - - -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulations - - -
Generation length (yrs) 3.7 - - -

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction.

Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Canada N Extant Yes
Guatemala N Extant
Mexico N Extant
USA N Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Guatemala Atitlan
Mexico Acahuizotla-Agua del Obispo
Mexico Cebadillas
Mexico Chihuahua Wood
Mexico Coalcomán-Pómaro
Mexico Corredor de Barrancas de la Sierra Madre Occidental.
Mexico Guacamayita
Mexico Mountain Chincua
Mexico Mountain Nort
Mexico Mountain of Manantlán
Mexico Mountain of Taxco-Toluca Snowy
Mexico Mountain of Valparaiso
Mexico Omiltemi
Mexico Papigochi
Mexico Piélagos
Mexico River Presidio- New town
Mexico San Antonio Peña Nevada
Mexico Sierra de Atoyac y Bosques de Niebla de la Costa Grande
Mexico Sierra de Petatlán
Mexico Snowy of Colima
Mexico Sur del Valle de México
Mexico Table of Macaw
Mexico Tancítaro
Mexico The Bufas
Mexico The Malinche
Mexico The Reed
Mexico Tlanchinol y bosques de montaña del noreste de Hidalgo
Mexico Tlaxiaco

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Forest Boreal major breeding
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane major breeding
Forest Temperate suitable breeding
Forest Temperate suitable non-breeding
Altitude 1500 - 3000 m Occasional altitudinal limits 1350 - 3100 m

Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild International Non-trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Species factsheet: Psiloscops flammeolus. Downloaded from on 16/02/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 16/02/2019.