Black-banded Owl (Ciccaba huhula)

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

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

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

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~38.5 cm (15.2 in). The Black-banded Owl is overall dusky. The belly is finely barred with white. The upperparts are sparsely barred with whitish as well. The iris is dark. The bill and feet are yellowish. It forages in interior forest. It is similar to the closely related Black-and-White Owl, but their ranges do not overlap. The Black-banded Owl occurs only on the eastern Amazonian lowlands.

Status: The Black-banded Owl is widespread and uncommon in Amazonia where it ranges to elevations of up to 1800 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Búho Negro Bandeado.

Sub-species: Black-banded Owl (Ciccaba huhula huhula), Daudin, 1800.

Meaning of Name: Ciccaba: Gr. Kikkabe= a sort of owl mentioned by Aristophanes and Hesychius. huhula: French. huhula= onomatopoeic name given to this black owl.

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Distribution Map


    • 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.