Solomons Hawk-Owl (Ninox jacquinoti)

Solomons Hawk-Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Ninox jacquinoti | [authority] Bonaparte, 1850 | [UK] Solomons Hawk-Owl | [FR] Ninox jaquinoti | [DE] Salomonenkauz | [ES] Ninox de las Salomon | [NL] Solomon-eilanden Valkuil


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

Ninox jacquinoti is a small to medium-sized hawk owl with rusty underparts that are sometimes spotted or barred white. It has a gray-brown facial disk, yellow eyes, a gray beak and white eyebrows. The belly is creamy and unmarked, giving the appearance of a young owl.

Listen to the sound of Solomons Hawk-Owl

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Australasia : Solomon Islands


This species lives only on the Solomon Islands in lowlands and foothills at elevations up to 1500 meters above sea level. It is often found in primary or tall secondary forests


No data

Feeding habits

Insects and probably small vertebrates.

Video Solomons Hawk-Owl


copyright: Josep del Hoyo


Although this species may have a restricted range, it is not believed to 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.
It is nocturnal, and spends the day roosting, usually alone or in pairs, in main tree forks. It is widespread and common in its restricted range.
Solomons Hawk-Owl status Least Concern


Presumed resident

Distribution map

Solomons Hawk-Owl distribution range map

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