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Genus: Bubo


This genus contains large owls of which many can raise feather tufts commonly called "horns". The members often carry the common name of Eagle-Owl, but when Ketupa is included some have names like Fish-Owl.


Bubo is a genus in the family Strigidae.
Snowy Owl was formerly placed in its own genus Nyctea.

Bubo vs. Ketupa

The genus Ketupa as traditionally defined is embedded within the traditional genus Bubo, while genus Scotopelia may be embedded within the Ketupa group of species, or perhaps is sister to this clade. One solution is to move all species to Bubo, which was done by some checklists in the past. Another solution is to move some species from Bubo to Ketupa, which is the solution currently favored by both the IOC and Clements checklists, and here also implemented in The Opus. The current composition of Ketupa can be seen in the genus page Ketupa.

Genus Bubo viewedit
B. scandiacus Snowy Owl
B. virginianus Great Horned Owl
B. magellanicus Lesser Horned Owl
B. bengalensis Rock Eagle-Owl
B. cinerascens Greyish Eagle-Owl
B. africanus Spotted Eagle-Owl
B. milesi Arabian Eagle-Owl
B. capensis Cape Eagle-Owl
B. ascalaphus Pharaoh Eagle-Owl
B. bubo Eurasian Eagle-Owl


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.1)_red. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/

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Pages in category ‘Bubo’

The following 10 pages are in this category, out of 10 total.