Andaman Hawk-Owl (Ninox affinis)

Andaman Hawk-Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Ninox affinis | [authority] Beavan, 1867 | [UK] Andaman Hawk-Owl | [FR] Ninox des Andaman | [DE] Andamanenkauz | [ES] Ninox de Andaman | [NL] Andamanenvalkuil


Monotypic species


Members of the genus Ninox are hawk owls, ranging from small to large, with rounded heads without ear-tufts. They have long, pointed wings and a long tail. The nostrils are forward facing on an enlarged cere in an indistinct facial disk. There are at least 20 species in this genus, from Siberia through much of the Pacific rim, South-east Asia and Australasia.

Physical charateristics

Grey head with darker eyebrows. White feathers around yellow bill, dark brown upperparts, tail with broad pale bars. Whitish below with rufous spots or streaks which are more dense on breast. Streaked underparts are important for identification.

Listen to the sound of Andaman Hawk-Owl

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Oriental Region : Andaman Islands


It occurs in mangrove forest, settlements, rubber plantations, lightly wooded areas and forest clearings.


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Feeding habits

Mianly insects, hawked from the air, like moths. Also beetles and grasshoppers..

Video Andaman Hawk-Owl


copyright: Josep del Hoyo


This species is listed as Near Threatened because it has a moderately small range within which it may be declining owing to an increase in forest clearance as the human population expands.
Ninox affinis is endemic to the Andaman and Nicobar archipelagos, India. Although its tolerance of degraded habitats gives cause for optimism, the species may be declining as human populations on the islands increase
Andaman Hawk-Owl status Near Threatened


Presumed sedentary

Distribution map

Andaman Hawk-Owl distribution range map

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