Black-banded Owl Ciccaba huhula

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Black-banded Owl is a striking species of owl found across a large area of South America.  The species is found in humid forest below 1800 meters in elevation, primarily in northern South America east of the Andes, but also in southeastern Brazil.  This is a medium-sized owl, barred black and white all over with darker flight feathers, a blackish facemask, and a yellow-orange bill and feet.  Black-banded Owl can be detected most easily by listening for its call, a rising series of hoots.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Black-banded Owl (Ciccaba huhula), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: