Fulvous Owl

Strix fulvescens

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

FUOW

Code 6

STRFUL

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

2 - 5



Incubation Days:

28 - 30



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

Tree cavities.



Nest Material:

No material added.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Fulvous Owl: Large owl with brown mottling on upperparts, some white spots in wing, mottled buff barring on head and upper breast, rest of underparts buff with brown streaks. Gray-buff facial disk, no ear tufts. Eyes black-brown, bill yellow. Long, broad, rounded wings, 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.

Breeding and Nesting

Fulvous Owl: Two to five white eggs are laid in a tree cavity and incubated by the female for 28 to 30 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Fulvous Owl: Eats a variety of large insects and arthropods as well as rodents and small birds. It forages by waiting on a perch at night, and then swooping down to catch prey with its talons.

Vocalization

Fulvous Owl: Song is a series of loud hoots, "hoo-hoo-a'hoo a'hoo-hoo". Single hoots and calls are also given.

Similar Species

Fulvous Owl: Mottled Owl is smaller, has a streaked breast, a white border to its facial disk, and lives at lower elevations.

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UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X