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Desert Owl - BirdForum Opus

Strix hadorami


29-33 cm. Earless owl, stocky body and round head, pale, and has yellow eyes.


Syria, Israel, northeast Egypt and Arabia.


This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly known as Hume's Owl (Strix butleri). However recent search has shown that the recently described Omani Owl (Strix omanensis) is in fact synonym to the type specimen of Strix butleri and hat all owls previously thought to be Hume's Owl are in fact an undescribed species (Desert Owl, Strix hadorami).


Palm groves, desert, semi-desert and rocky ravines.



It nests in crevices and holes in cliffs.


Its diet includes voles, mice and large insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird Names (version 5.4). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.

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