Black-banded Owl Ciccaba huhula
(aka Strix huhula)
Black-banded Owl, Cabanas San Isidro, Napo, Ecuador, November 2019 - click on image for a larger view Cabanas San Isidro, Napo, Ecuador
November 2019

The Black-banded Owl is distributed throughout much of the Amazon Basin and into the foothills of the Andes. There is a disjunct population with a distinctive sub-species C. h. albomarginata in the south-east of Brazil. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in humid forest and clearings but has also adapted to some secondary habitats.

The owls seen at San Isidro are probably a sub-species of Black-banded Owl though in appearance they look a bit like a hybrid between Black-banded Owl and Black-and-white Owl C. nigrolineata. It is found at higher elevations (about 2,000 metres) than either of these species and its vocalizations are more reminiscent of Black-and-white Owl.

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