Crested Owl (Lophostrix cristata cristata)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Northeast Peru

Age: Adults | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Ecuador

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

Age: Juveniles | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Loreto, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~40.5 cm (16 in). The Crested Owl can be dusky-brown, rufous or a variation of both. It has very large pale ear tufts that project down to the base of the bill.  The iris is brown. The underparts are finely barred. The Crested Owl is the only large Amazonian Owl with such prominent ear tufts. It never ventures outside the forest interior. The only other large owl with ear tufts is the Great-horned Owl, which occurs in the fringes of Amazonia and favors semi-open habitats.  

Status: The Crested Owl is uncommon in Amazonia below 700 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Búho Penachudo.

Sub-species: Crested Owl (Lophostrix cristata cristata), Daudin, 1800.

Meaning of Name: Lophostrix: Gr. lophos= crest, and strix= owl. cristata: L. crest, crested, feather crest.

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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.