Habitat and Ecology
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
- 2008Least Concern
- 2004Least Concern
This owl is fairly large, variously reported from 35.5 to 48 cm (14–19 in) long. 13 birds of both sexes were found to weigh 590–1,250 g (1.3–2.8 lb), which an average of 873 g (1.92 lb). It is dark brown above and whitish below with prominent rusty-colored barring and a broad brown chest band mottled with whitish-buff. Its facial disc is dark brown with white spectacles. The throat has a white half-collar. The eyes are a reddish-brown. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, between an elevation of 700 m and 1,600 m.
The behavior of this owl is almost completely unknown. Like its better known cousin, the Spectacled Owl, it is believed to hunt a wide variety of prey while watching from a perch and dropping down to catch prey.
- BirdLife International (2012). "Pulsatrix melanota". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/106002258. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- CRC Handbook of Avian Body Masses by John B. Dunning Jr. (Editor). CRC Press (1992), ISBN 978-0-8493-4258-5.
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