Fulvous Owl (Strix fulvescens)

Fulvous Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Strix fulvescens | [authority] Sclater and Salvin, 1875 | [UK] Fulvous Owl | [FR] Chouette fauve | [DE] Gelbkauz | [ES] Carabo Guatemalteco, Buho (HN) | [NL] Vale Bosuil


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Strix fulvescens MA s Mexico to El Salvador


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

It is a large, dark-eyed owl that lacks ear tufts, has a yellow bill, barred breast, and is streaked below. Face is pale brown with a dark rim. Has short light eyebrows with a dark brown crown.

Listen to the sound of Fulvous Owl

[audio:http://www.planetofbirds.com/MASTER/STRIGIFORMES/Strigidae/sounds/Fulvous Owl.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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size min.: 38 cm size max.: 48 cm
incubation min.: 28 days incubation max.: 30 days
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broods: 0   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 5  


Middle America : South Mexico to El South Americalvador


Fulvous Owl inhabits humid evergreen and pine-oak montane forests


Builds nest in tree cavity, clutch size is 2-5 eggs, which are incubated for about 29 days.

Feeding habits

A nocturnal hunter, catches prey from a perch. Feeds mainly on rodents and insects. Also small birds and lizards.

Video Fulvous Owl


copyright: Josep del Hoyo


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). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size may be moderately small to large, 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.
Fulvous Owl status Least Concern



Distribution map

Fulvous Owl distribution range map

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