Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)


Malaita Boobook (Ninox malaitae)


French: Ninoxe de Malaita German: Malaitakauz Spanish: Nínox de Malaita

Ninox jacquinoti malaitae


, 1931,

Malaita, Solomon Islands


Until recently considered conspecific with N. jacquinoti (along with N. granti and N. roseoaxillaris) (differences of granti from jacquinoti given under those species); differs from N. granti in its smaller size (allow 1); dark vs pale eyes (3); much darker underparts with finer barring (3); rufous-buff spotting on upperparts (2); probably deeper voice (ns)#R. Monotypic.


Malaita I (SE Solomons).

Descriptive notes

22 cm; 174 g (n = 1). Small, darkish, rufous-brown hawk-owl with white eyebrows and throat, dark brown upperparts with rufous-buff spots and bars, and dark brown... read more




Known from only two specimens taken in forested habitat between 900 and 1200 m elevation. 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 Malaita I, which has a total area of 4300 km². Uncommon or rare; known only from two... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Sharpe, C.J. & Marks, J.S. (2019). Malaita Boobook (Ninox malaitae). 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 11 December 2019).