Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Least Concern

Band-bellied Owl (Pulsatrix melanota)


French: Chouette à collier German: Bindenkauz Spanish: Lechuzón acollarado grande

Noctua melanota


, 1844,



Thought to be closest to P. koeniswaldiana. Sometimes considered to include latter as race, but morphology and vocalizations differ. Validity of race philoscia uncertain, as taxon possibly not diagnosable; species sometimes treated as monotypic. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. m. melanota (Tschudi, 1844) – possibly SW Colombia; E Ecuador, and N Peru to SE Peru#R.
  • P. m. philoscia Todd, 1947 – E slope in WC Bolivia.
  • Descriptive notes

    44–48 cm; no data on body mass. Facial disc brown, with conspicuous white eyebrows and lores; head otherwise uniform dark brown; upperparts chocolate-brown with few... read more


    Poorly known. Said to give a short, deep trill followed by fast burst of popping notes; several... read more


    Humid tropical montane and foothills rainforest; also more open woodland locally such as forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Poorly known. The stomach of an individual collected in Ecuador contained remains of Orthoptera (Tettigoniidae, Mantidae) and Coleoptera (... read more


    Apparently no published information. Presumably nests in trees in natural cavities.


    Probably resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Very poorly known; no estimates of global numbers or of population trends. Considered relatively rare, and very few... read more

    Recommended citation

    Holt, D.W., Berkley, R., Deppe, C., Enríquez Rocha, P., Petersen, J.L., Rangel Salazar, J.L., Segars, K.P., Wood, K.L., de Juana, E. & Marks, J.S. (2020). Band-bellied Owl (Pulsatrix melanota). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 January 2020).