Black-banded Owl (Strix huhula)

Black-banded Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Strix huhula | [authority] Daudin, 1800 | [UK] Black-banded Owl | [FR] Chouette huhul | [DE] Zebrakauz | [ES] Carabo Negro | [NL] Zwartgestreepte Bosuil


Monotypic species


Members of the genus Strix are the wood owls. They are medium to large owls, having a large, rounded head and no ear-tufts. The comparatively large eyes range from yellow through to dark brown. Colouring is generally designed fro camouflage in woodland, and a number of the member of this genus have colour phases. There are 20 species scattered practically throughout the globe with the exception of Australasia, the South Pacific and Madagascar, where the genus Ninox takes its place. There being no clear generic differences between Strix and Ciccaba genera, and DNA evidence suggesting very close relationships, many authorities now merge the latter into the former.

Physical charateristics

Upper parts black, with very narrow white bars. Under parts black with wider white bars. Tail black with 4 narrow white bars, no ear tufts. Sexes ars similar. Bill and legs orange-yellow.

Listen to the sound of Black-banded Owl

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South America : widespread


Found in lowland humid forest and clearings. Has adpated to man made habitat like coffee and banana plantations.


No data

Feeding habits

Nocturnale hunter feeding on large insects like beetles, locusts and mantids. Forages in canopy.

Video Black-banded Owl


copyright: J. del Hoyo


This species has an extremely 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.
Ranges from East of Andes from East Colombia, South Venezuela, Guyana and French Guiana south through east Ecuador, east Peru, central Bolivia and Amazonian, south-east Brazil to Paraguay and north-west,north-east Argentina. Very rare in Suriname.
Black-banded Owl status Least Concern


Resident throughout range.

Distribution map

Black-banded Owl distribution range map

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