Order
Strigiformes
Family
Strigidae
Genus
Strix
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 - Fulvous Owl
 - Fulvous Owl
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Fulvous Owl Strix fulvescens

  • LC Least Concern
  • Names (15)
Erin Sawa
Version: 1.0 — Published November 7, 2014

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Fulvous Owl inhabits humid evergreen and pine-oak montane forests from southern Mexico to El Salvador and Honduras. Fulvous Owl nests in tree cavities and mainly consumes rodents and insects. Some authors have considered it to be a subspecies of Barred Owl (Strix varia). Like Barred Owl, Fulvous Owl is a large, dark-eyed owl that lacks ear tufts, has a yellow bill, is barred above and on the breast, and is streaked on the belly. Fulvous Owl is smaller than Barred Owl, however, and has a different pattern to its call, indicating that it merits recognition as a separate species. Although most Mexican records are from east of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, new recordings of its short, Morse-code-like song from Oaxaca suggest that the species is also found west of the Isthmus.

Distribution of the Fulvous Owl
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Distribution of the Fulvous Owl

Recommended Citation

Sawa, E. (2014). Fulvous Owl (Strix fulvescens), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.fulowl1.01