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Rusty-barred Owl - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Francisco Paludo
Urupema, SC, Brazil, April 2016
Strix hylophila


35 cm (13¾ in)

  • Pale rusty-brown facial disc, with concentric rings
  • Rusty body and breast
  • Brown barring
  • Dark eyes
  • Small white eyebrows
  • Pale buff barring on upper parts.


South America: found from Paraguay to south-eastern Brazil (Minas Gerais) and extreme north-eastern Argentina.


This is a monotypic species[1].


They are usually seen in areas with dense undergrowth in montane, tropical lowland and temperate forests.



They are nocturnal and generally feed up in the canopy. Their diet consists of small mammals, birds and insects. In addition they probably also eat some reptiles and amphibians.


The nest is built in a tree hole. Their clutch consists of 2-3 eggs which are incubated for around 29 days, the young fledging after about 5 weeks. The adults tend them for another 4 months.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2016)
  3. Wikipedia

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