Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Vulnerable

Philippine Eagle-owl (Bubo philippensis)


Taxonomy

French: Grand-duc des Philippines German: Streifenuhu Spanish: Búho filipino
Taxonomy:

Pseudoptynx philippensis

Kaup

, 1851,

Philippines

.

In the past was sometimes placed in monotypic genus Pseudoptynx. No obvious close relatives. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • B. p. philippensis (Kaup, 1851) – Luzon and Catanduanes (N Philippines).
  • B. p. mindanensis (Ogilvie-Grant, 1906) – E & SE Philippines on Samar, Leyte and Mindanao; recently recorded on Bohol.
  • Descriptive notes

    40–43 cm; no data on body mass. Smallish, rufous eagle-owl with small, outward-slanting ear tufts. Facial disc rufous-buff; head, breast and upperparts tawny-rufous... read more

    Voice

    Varied and not well understood. Male reported to give series of low staccato notes at intervals of... read more

    Habitat

    Lowland forest, forest edge and lower montane forest, often near rivers or lakes. Also found... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information; large and powerful feet and bill suggest that diet composed of small mammals or birds.

    Breeding

    No information from wild birds. Has nested in captivity multiple times at the NFEFI-Biodiversity Conservation Centre, Negros Occidental,... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Previously listed as Endangered. CITES II. Rare; very few recent records, most from Luzon; unexpected sighting in 1994 on Bohol, where previously unrecorded;... 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., de Juana, E. & Marks, J.S. (2019). Philippine Eagle-owl (Bubo philippensis). 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/55022 on 25 June 2019).