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Photo © by julienl
Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia, May 2018

Alternative name: Ochre-bellied Hawk-Owl, Ochre-bellied Boobook

Ninox ochracea


Photo © by codexluminati
Tangkoko, N. Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 2014

25–29 cm (9¾-11½ in).

  • head and mantle dark purply brown. Head may be darker, greyer
  • folded wing with prominent white spots on leading edge and on scapulars (not always visible)
  • inner brow to beak and distally under eye whitish forming (whitish) diagonal cross crossing above bill
  • underparts vary from pale cinnamon to rich rufous brown but always contrast with upperparts. May be paler distally towards the undertail coverts
  • wings with dark barring
  • tail with dark barring
  • legs yellow
  • eyes yellow with large black pupils
  • bill pale, horn coloured


Endemic to Sulawesi and nearby Buntung Island, Indonesia


This is a monotypic species[1].


Primary and tall secondary lowland and riverine forests up to around 1000 m..



There is little information, but it is presumed insects form at least a part of their diet.


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  1. 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/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2018)

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