Black-and-white Owl (Ciccaba nigrolineata)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Costa Rica

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Costa Rica

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Western Colombia

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. No Data

Identification & Behavior: ~38.5 cm (15.2 in). The Black-and-White Owl has black upperparts and head. The underparts and neck are white with dusky barring. The iris is dark. The bill and feet are yellowish. It forages in interior forest. It is similar to the closely related Black-banded Owl, but their ranges do not overlap. The Black and White Owl occurs only on the west side of the Andes in northern Peru.

Status: The Black-and-White Owl is rare in the humid and semi-deciduous forests of extreme northwest Peru. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Búho Blanco y Negro.

Sub-species: Black-and-white Owl (Ciccaba nigrolineata), P. L. Sclater, 1859.

Meaning of Name: Ciccaba: Gr. Kikkabe= a sort of owl mentioned by Aristophanes and Hesychius. nigrolineata:  L. niger  black; lineatus  lined, marked with lines..

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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.