Alternative names: Minahasa Barn Owl; Minahasa Owl (Minahasa has in the past been spelled Minahassa)
- Tyto inexspectata
27–31 cm (10½-12¼ in)
- back black with reddish admixture or back/upper parts pale cinnamon
- wings with black and rufous barring or just with darker striations
- facial disc with dark border and off white feathering (may have rusty tinge)
- under parts cinnamon with sparse dark spotting
- pale yellowish bill
- eyes large, dark
- feet pale whitish skinned with cinnamon feathering
Primary and disturbed riverine, hill and montane forests.
There is no information available about their diet.
A nest hole in a tree found in 1939 was thought likely to belong to this species.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2018)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Minahasa Masked Owl. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 30 November 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Minahasa_Masked_Owl
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