White-browed Hawk-Owl (Ninox superciliaris)

White-browed Hawk-Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Ninox superciliaris | [authority] Vieillot, 1817 | [UK] White-browed Hawk-Owl | [FR] Ninox malgache | [DE] Madagaskarkauz | [ES] Ninox Malgache | [NL] Madagaskarvalkuil


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Ninox superciliaris AF Madagascar


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

Round brown head with tan-grey facial disc, white eyebrows and brown eyes. Crown white speckeld, upperparts brown. Wing coverts also with white speckles, underparts withe with brown bars. Yellow bill and feet.

Listen to the sound of White-browed Hawk-Owl

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

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Africa : Madagascar


Open terrain with few trees, semi-arid thorn scrub, savannah and decideous dry forest.


Nest shallow scrape on ground or in tree cavity. Clutch size 3-5 eggs.

Feeding habits

Mainly insect and spiders, otherwise small vertebrates like rodents and birds. Perch-hunter.

Video White-browed Hawk-Owl


copyright: Martin Kennewell


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 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.
White-browed Hawk-Owl status Least Concern



Distribution map

White-browed Hawk-Owl distribution range map

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