Fulvous Owl

Strix fulvescens

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

FUOW

Code 6

STRFUL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Fulvous Owl has a moderately large range of 194,000 square kilometers. It occurs in cloud forest and other types of humid montane forests in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and a small area in El Salvador. It has an estimated population of 20,000-49,999 individuals, and although this species is believed to be in decline because of habitat destruction, it has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Fulvous Owl: Large owl with brown mottling on upperparts, most of underparts buff with brown streaks. Gray-buff facial disk, no ear tufts. Eyes black-brown, bill yellow, barred tail. Bare, yellow feet. Sexes are similar.


Range and Habitat

Fulvous Owl: Resides from parts of southern Mexico through Guatemala to Honduras and El Salvador. Found in humid mixed pine-oak forests, cloud forests, and evergreen forests from 1,200-3,000 meters in elevation.

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Fulvous Owl SONGS AND CALLS

Fulvous Owl WW1

"A-hoo, a-hoo-hoo" calls from an adult and raspy screams from a fledged bird.

Fulvous Owl NN1

Song is a loud series of hoots, "a-hoo, a-hoo-hoo-hoo".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"hoo-hoo-a'hoo a'hoo-hoo"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of owls has many collective nouns, including a "bazaar", "glaring", "parliament", "stooping", and "wisdom" of owls.
  • It is estimated that there are fewer that 50,00 Fulvous Owls and their population is decreasing.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

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