Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Vulnerable

Fearful Owl (Nesasio solomonensis)


Taxonomy

French: Hibou redoutable German: Salomoneneule Spanish: Búho de las Salomón
Taxonomy:

Pseudoptynx solomonensis

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1901,

Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands

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Affinities uncertain. Sometimes combined with Asio, and usually recognized as offshoot, but more likely a primitive or relict form. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Bougainville, Choiseul and Santa Isabel, in Solomon Is.

Descriptive notes

c. 38 cm; 1155 g (n = 1 female). Medium-sized, robust owl with powerful beak and talons. Pale rufous facial disc, blackish around eyes, and white eyebrows; crown and... read more

Voice

Poorly known. Local inhabitants report a single drawn-out note with ghostly, mournful human quality... read more

Habitat

Mostly primary and tall secondary lowland and hill forest, to c. 800 m elevation on Santa Isabel. read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Mainly phalangers, especially Phalanger orientalis, and possums; also medium-sized birds.

Breeding

Little information. Vocal activity on Santa Isabel greatest from Jun–Sept, suggesting breeding around that period. Reportedly nests... read more

Movements

Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Generally rare and local, and wary of humans; thus little known. Global population estimated at... read more

Recommended citation

Olsen, P.D. & Marks, J.S. (2019). Fearful Owl (Nesasio solomonensis). 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/55130 on 27 June 2019).