Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Near Threatened

Guadalcanal Boobook (Ninox granti)


Taxonomy

French: Ninoxe de Guadalcanal German: Guadalcanalkauz Spanish: Nínox de Guadalcanal
Taxonomy:

Ninox granti

Sharpe

, 1888,

Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

.

Until recently considered conspecific with N. jacquinoti (along with N. malaitae and N. roseoaxillaris); differs from N. jacquinoti in its heavily barred vs clear lower breast to vent (3); different song (“monotonous … poop notes for several minutes, with occasional switch in interval and pitch… pairs duet with alternating tones, who-ha, who-ha…” vs “reverberating chong notes, often accelerating… Sometimes duets, and notes may develop into high-pitched poop duet” (at least 3); smaller size (allow 1)#R. For differences from malaitae see below. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Guadalcanal (SE Solomons).

Descriptive notes

24 cm; no information on body mass. Small hawk-owl with whitish eyebrows, white throat, warm-brown upperparts with white spots on crown and wing coverts, and whitish... read more

Voice

A monotonous series of "poop" notes, with occasional changes in pitch and interval;... read more

Habitat

Lowland and foothill forest, including edges and patches of forest, at elevations up to 1500 m... read more

Food and feeding

No information.

Breeding

No information.

Movements

No information; presumably resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Found only on Guadalcanal, which has a total area of 5340 km². Fairly common. Based on known... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Guadalcanal Boobook (Ninox granti). 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/467329 on 18 March 2019).