Rufous-legged Owl Strix rufipes

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The Rufous-legged Owl is a charismatic species of lowland and mid-elevation forest in southern South America.  In appearance it is overall similar to other Strix owls, but this species is rufous brown above, brown-and-white barred below, with orange-rufous leg feathering and large dark eyes.  It can be found in multiple different forest types, including those disturbed by humans, but higher densities of the species are usually associated with southern beech (Nothofagus) or mixed evergreen forests.  Vocalizations of the Rufous-legged Owl consist of a variety of grunting, hooting, and cackling noises.

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Recommended Citation

Rufous-legged Owl (Strix rufipes), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: