Band-bellied Owl (Pulsatrix melanota)

Order: Strigiformes | Family: Strigidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. San Martin, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast, Peru

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Pasco, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~37 cm (14.5 in). The Band-bellied Owl is dark brown above with a pale belly heavily barred with brown. The facial discs are fringed with whitish giving the appearance of spectacles. The iris is brown. It inhabits humid montane forests on the east slope of the Andes. It is similar to the closely related Spectacled Owl but is distinguished by a heavily barred belly, and by ranging at higher elevations on the east slope of the Andes.

Status: The Band-bellied Owl is uncommon along an elevational band of 600 – 2200 m on the east slope of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and, Bo.

Name in Spanish: Búho de Vientre Bandeado.

Sub-species: Band-bellied Owl (Pulsatrix  melanota), Tschudi, 1844.

Meaning of Name: Pulsatrix: L. pulsatrix= beater, pusher, attacker. melanota: Gr. melas, melanos black. and nōtos= backed.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 08/01/2015.