Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Least Concern

Black-and-white Owl (Ciccaba nigrolineata)


Taxonomy

French: Chouette à lignes noires German: Bindenhalskauz Spanish: Cárabo blanquinegro
Taxonomy:

Ciccaba nigrolineata

P. L. Sclater

, 1859,

Oaxaca, Mexico

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Apparently closest to C. huhula; sometimes considered conspecific with latter, but bigger, with significant differences in plumage and voice. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S & E Mexico to NW Venezuela, W Colombia and W Ecuador and extreme NW Peru (Piura).

Descriptive notes

35–40 cm; male 404–436 g, female 468–535 g (reports of 1075–1180 g in Costa Rica probably erroneous). Facial disc black with indistinct white-speckled... read more

Voice

Barking hoots, “hu whoOOo”, in series of 5–12 notes, which increase in pitch up... read more

Habitat

Humid forest, semi-deciduous and deciduous forest, edges and clearing, gallery forest, tall... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, such as coleopterans (most commonly Scarabaeidae), orthopterans (Blattidae), Tettigonidae, Curculionidae, Cerambycidae; also small... read more

Breeding

Lays late Mar–May, during mid to late dry season. Nest in tree hole, or sometimes among epiphytes (Philladentron, ... read more

Movements

Resident. In Guatemala, estimates of the home range of one male (using different methodologies)... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Considered uncommon to fairly common in Mexico; apparently widely distributed but scarce in Honduras; reported as uncommon... 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., Kirwan, G.M. & Marks, J.S. (2019). Black-and-white Owl (Ciccaba nigrolineata). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/55047 on 14 December 2019).