Tawny-browed Owl (Pulsatrix koeniswaldiana)

Tawny-browed Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Pulsatrix koeniswaldiana | [authority] Bertoni and Bertoni, 1901 | [UK] Tawny-browed Owl | [FR] Chouette a sourcils jaunes | [DE] Gelbbauen-Kauz | [ES] Lechuzon Chico de Collar (Arg) | [NL] Geelmaskeruil


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Pulsatrix koeniswaldiana SA se


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

It has a brown facial disc, tawny eyebrows and white round the bill and on the chin. Upperparts are dark brown and the tail has white bars. There is a broad, dark brown breast band which is more complete on the bird in the second photo. The remaining underparts are light ochre or rufous, sometimes with darker bars or vermiculations

Listen to the sound of Tawny-browed Owl

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

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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South America : Southeast. The Tawny-browed Owl is distributed in south-east Brazil and adjacent areas of Paraguay and Argentina.


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montanes


No data

Feeding habits

Hunts from perch by night. Diet consists of small mammals, birds and large insects.

Video Tawny-browed 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). 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.
Tawny-browed Owl status Least Concern


Presumed sedentary

Distribution map

Tawny-browed Owl distribution range map

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