Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Least Concern

Papuan Hawk-owl (Uroglaux dimorpha)


French: Ninoxe papoue German: Rundflügelkauz Spanish: Nínox halcón
Other common names: Papuan Boobook

Athene dimorpha


, 1874,

Sorong, New Guinea




New Guinea, including Yapen I; probably occurs throughout lowland New Guinea, but known only from NW & SE.

Descriptive notes

30–33 cm. Small-headed and long-tailed. Whitish facial disc finely streaked black, without distinct edge, and with white eyebrows; upperparts profusely barred ... read more


A distinctive low, mournful, series of disyllabic "hoo-hoo" hoots with a... read more


Lowland rainforest, forest edge and gallery forest in savanna, up to at least 1500 m.

Food and feeding

Insects, small rodents, and large to medium-sized birds; latter include e.g. Wompoo Fruit-dove (Megaloprepia magnifica), 80% of... read more


Downy fledgling seen in early Aug. No other information.


Unknown; probably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Sparsely distributed throughout fairly wide range, but rarely seen; appears to be genuinely rare. Records from nine sites... read more

Recommended citation

Olsen, P.D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Papuan Hawk-owl (Uroglaux dimorpha). 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 29 February 2020).