Brown Hawk-Owl

Ninox scutulata

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

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ITIS

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Brown Hawk-Owl has a breeding range more than 5 million square kilometers. This common owl species is resident from India west to southern China and Indonesia, and has occured as a vagrant on Palau. It forages for insects and small mammals in a variety of forest habitats. Although the size of the population is unknown, it is believed to be large enough to give this species a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Brown Hawk-Owl: Fairly small to medium, slender owl with small round head, and big, round yellow eyes. Gray-brown on head, rest of upperparts brown. Underparts white with thick brown spots on breast and belly that appear random and sometimes as thick vertical stripes. Medium length wings. Medium length tail with black and gray barring. Sexes similar but female larger than male.

 

Range and Habitat

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Brown Hawk-Owl SONGS AND CALLS

Brown Hawk-Owl I1

Song is a series of rising hoots, "hoo-wup, hoo-wup, hoo-wup".

Brown Hawk-Owl E1

Typical song.

Similar Sounding

Micronesian Imperial-Pigeon QQ2

Low, moaning "woo-OO-oo".

Palau Owl QQ1

Song between a pair begins as "whok" notes and rise to a "whut-whoo".


Voice Text

"hoo-wup, hoo-wup, hoo-wup"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Brown Hawk-Owl sings from the high tree tops, and usually roosts in the same location each night.
  • The only record of this owl in the western hemisphere is from St. Paul Island, Alaska in August 2007.
  • This owl is not usually active before dusk, but will relocate from its roost if disturbed. It will also move around during the daytime if the weather is cloudy.
  • A group of hawk-owls is collectively known as a "schizophrenia" of hawk-owls.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Chris Vest

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Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
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