Band-bellied Owl (Pulsatrix melanota)

Band-bellied Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Pulsatrix melanota | [authority] Tschudi, 1844 | [UK] Band-bellied Owl | [FR] Chouette a collier | [DE] Bindenkauz | [ES] Lechuzon Acollarado Grande | [NL] Gestreepte Maskeruil


Monotypic species


Spectacled owls, along with two other species, belong to the genus Pulsatrix, which is part of the family Strigidae or ?typical? owls. The owls in the genus Pulsatrix are large, have stout beaks, strong feet and dark faces outlined by light feathers. The range of the spectacled owl reaches from southern Mexico, south to Paraguay, southern Brazil and northern Argentina.

Physical charateristics

Facial disk brown with lores and eyebrowes white. Head dark brown with upperparts chocolate brown with some white buffy spots. Flight featehrs and tail with small white bar. Throat brown with a distinct white band ban across upper breast. Rest of breast whitish buff barred. underparts white barred reddish-brown. Belly cream with brown bars.

Listen to the sound of Band-bellied Owl

[audio: Owl.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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South America : Southeast Colombia to Bolivia


Humid tropical rainforest, sopme more open woodland. Found up to 1600m, usually above 700m..


No data.

Feeding habits

Not known, hunts nocturnal.

Video Band-bellied Owl


copyright: Virgilio Yabar Calderon


This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Band-bellied Owl status Least Concern


Presumed sedentary

Distribution map

Band-bellied Owl distribution range map

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