Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)


Makira Boobook (Ninox roseoaxillaris)


French: Ninoxe de Makira German: Makirakauz Spanish: Nínox de San Cristóbal

Spiloglaux roseoaxillaris

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1929,

Bauro, Makira, Solomon Islands


Until recently was considered conspecific with N. jacquinoti (along with N. granti and N. malaitae) (which see for various differences); differs from malaitae in its smaller size (allow 1); solidly orange-cinnamon underparts with only vague barring (3); buffy vs white eyebrows (2); cinnamon-rufous vs brown upperparts (2)#R. Monotypic.


Makira (San Cristobal), probably including nearby Ugi and Santa Catalina l, in SE Solomons.

Descriptive notes

21 cm; no data on body mass. Small hawk-owl with indistinct buffy eyebrows, whitish throat, cinnamon-rufous upperparts with small pale spots on crown and wing coverts, and... read more


A monotonous series of deep "poop" notes, given at the rate of c. 1 per second, but varying in... read more


Lowland forest, recorded up to at least 920 m. Roosts in thickets by day, and occasionally active... read more

Food and feeding

No information.


No information.


No information; presumably resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Found only on Makira I, which has a total area of 3190 km², but may also occur on Ugi and Santa Catalina.... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Sharpe, C.J. & Marks, J.S. (2019). Makira Boobook (Ninox roseoaxillaris). 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 June 2019).