|Black-banded Owl Ciccaba huhula
(aka Strix huhula)
|Cabanas San Isidro, Napo, Ecuador
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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