Búho Carinegro/Black-and-white Owl/Strix nigrolineata

Foto: Rodrigo Gaviria

Nombre en español: Búho Carinegro

Nombre en ingles: Black-and-white Owl

Nombre científico: Strix nigrolineata

Familia: Strigidae

Canto: Peter Boesman

El cárabo blanquinegro (Strix nigrolineata), también conocido como búho carinegro, es una especie de ave de presanocturna que pertenece a la familia Strigidae.​ Su área de distribución incluye Belice, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Perú, y Venezuela.1

Su hábitat natural consiste de bosque seco tropical y subtropical, bosque húmedo tropical y subtropical bajo y montano.1

Foto: Carlos Mario Bran

Black-and-white owl

The black-and-white owl (Strix nigrolineata) is a species of owl in the family Strigidae.[


The black-and-white owl is a medium-sized owl with a round head and no ear tufts. It is between 35–40 cm in length and weigh between 400-535 grams. It has a striped black-and-white breast, belly, and vent. With the exception of a black-and white striped collar, the upperparts from the crown to the tail are a sooty black. The facial disc is mostly sooty black, with white “eyebrows” that extend from the bill to the collar. The beak is a yellow-orange colour, and the eyes are a reddish brown.[

Chicks are downy and white.

Distribution and habitat

The black-and-white owl is mostly found in gallery forests and rainforest, but is also found in wet deciduous and mangrove forests, usually between sea level and 2400. This owl is not afraid of living near human habitations. Its range extends from central Mexicosouth to the northwestern section of Peru and western Colombia. In total, it is found in 12 countries: Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.[


Its diet consists mostly of larger insects, but it is also known to eat small mammals, birds, and tree frogs. It is known to hunt from a perch, but has been known to hunt on the wing too.[

Its call consists of a series of rapid, guttural, low calls, followed by a short pause and a low, airy call and a faint, short hoot. Occasionally, it is shortened to just the last two notes, leaving out the opening series.[


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