Ochre-bellied Hawk-owl (Ninox ochracea)

Ochre-bellied Hawk-owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Ninox ochracea | [authority] Schlegel, 1865 | [UK] Ochre-bellied Hawk-owl | [FR] Ninox ocre | [DE] Ockerbauch-Kauz | [ES] Ninox Ocraceo | [NL] Geelbuikvalkuil


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

Brown upperparts and tawny underparts with white spots. White throat and eyebrows with yellow eyes. Is paler and has a less dark mask than congeners.

Listen to the sound of Ochre-bellied Hawk-owl

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Australasia : Sulawesi


It occurs in primary and tall secondary lowland forest, riverine and lower montane forest up to 1,000 m, with an assertion that it is chiefly a species of drier formations. It roosts in dense vegetation such as rattan palm by day


No data

Feeding habits

No data on food, but hunt-perches from midstorey in forest clearings and roads.

Video Ochre-bellied Hawk-owl


copyright: Josep del Hoyo


This species is listed as Near Threatened because there are some indications that it has a moderately small, fragmented population, and is undergoing a continuing decline owing to forest loss. However, little is currently known about the population size and structure of, and threats to, this species and further research is warranted.
Ninox ochracea is restricted to Sulawesi (but not the south peninsula), Indonesia, where it is generally uncommon
Ochre-bellied Hawk-owl status Near Threatened


Presumed sedentary

Distribution map

Ochre-bellied Hawk-owl distribution range map

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