Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Data Deficient

Maned Owl (Jubula lettii)


French: Duc à crinière German: Mähneneule Spanish: Búho de crin

Bubo letti


, 1889,

Passy District, Liberia


Affinities uncertain. Sometimes suggested that genus be merged with Neotropical Lophostrix; superficial similarities in appearance and similar ecology, however, probably due to convergent evolution. Monotypic.


Liberia, Ivory Coast and Ghana; and patchily from S Cameroon and N Gabon S to R Congo and E to NC & EC DRCongo#R.

Descriptive notes

34–40 cm; 1 male 183 g. Highly distinctive. Elongated crown and nape feathers forming brown and white “mane”, merging with long, bushy brown-and-white ear... read more


Unknown. Vocalizations described in a previous paper now thought to be based on misidentification... read more


Lowland rainforest and gallery forest, especially with abundant creepers; reportedly associated... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Insects such as grasshoppers and beetles possibly most important; the remains of a young bird were found in a juvenile... read more


Virtually unstudied. Pair with full-grown young observed at Mt Nimba, in Liberia, in third week Feb; observations in DRCongo suggest laying... read more


Resident; presumed sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Data Deficient. CITES II. Very poorly known; status difficult to assess owing to species’ secretive and nocturnal habits,... 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., Sharpe, C.J. & Marks, J.S. (2019). Maned Owl (Jubula lettii). 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).