Crested Owl

Lophostrix cristata

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

CROW

Code 6

LOPCRI

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Crested Owl has a very large range of 10,200,000 square kilometers. This includes tropical forest habitats, often near water, in southern Mexico, Central America, parts of western Venezuela, western Colombia to western Ecuador, and much of the Amazon basin. It has an estimated population of 50,000 to 499,999 individuals, and a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Crested Owl: Medium to large owl, fine mottling on brown upperparts and on tan-brown or gray-brown underparts. Red-brown facial disk, very long white ear tufts. Eyes and bill are yellow. Long, broad, rounded wings, plain tail.

 

Range and Habitat

Crested Owl: Resident from southern Mexico south through Panama and into parts of Colombia, Ecuador, and possibly northern Venezuela. The southern subspecies is found from the Guianas to northern Brazil, and parts of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru & Bolivia. Prefers humid forests from sea level to 1,900 meters in elevation.

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Crested Owl SONGS AND CALLS

Crested Owl E1

Song is a deep, growling "krrrrr" that is repeated.

Crested Owl S2

Low, growling "krrrrrrr" calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"k-k-krrrrrao"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of owls has many collective nouns, including a "bazaar", "glaring", "parliament", "stooping", and "wisdom" of owls.
  • There are two color morphs of the Crested Owl.
  • They are strictly nocturnal and hunt for large insects and small vertebrates.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

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UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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