Stygian Owl

Asio stygius

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

STOW

Code 6

ASISTY

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Stygian Owl has a large range of 22,100,000 square kilometers. This includes pine-oak woodlands, coniferous forests, arid habitats, and open habitats in Cuba, Hispaniola, parts of western and southern Mexico, northern Central America, the northern Andes, Brazil, eastern Bolivia, Paraguay, and northern Argentina. It has an estimated population of 50,000-499,999 individuals, and a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Stygian Owl: Large, slender owl, black-gray mottled upperparts, underparts mostly white with black streaks and bars. Black-gray facial disk, white below bill and on front. Long ear tufts. Eyes yellow, bill black-gray. Long wings, bare, gray feet.


Range and Habitat

Stygian Owl: Found in the highlands of west Mexico, south Mexico, Cuba, Hispaniola, and parts of northern Central America. Also occurs in scattered, small locations in northern South America and across a wide swath of southern Brazil. Habitat includes deciduous forests, evergreen forests, montane pine and pine-oak forests, semi-open areas, and parks. Found from sea level to 3,100 meters.

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Stygian Owl SONGS AND CALLS

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"PUuh", "miahh"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of owls has many collective nouns, including a "bazaar", "glaring", "parliament", "stooping", and "wisdom" of owls.
  • Due to the red reflection of the eyes when illuminated, Stygian Owls have been associated with the Devil.
  • Most unnatural deaths occur from human persecution.
  • People believe it has supernatural powers and can turn itself into a witch.

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

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Chris Vest

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