Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Least Concern

Tawny-browed Owl (Pulsatrix koeniswaldiana)


French: Chouette à sourcils jaunes German: Gelbbrauenkauz Spanish: Lechuzón acollarado chico

Syrnium Koeniswaldianum

M. S. Bertoni and A. W. Bertoni

, 1901,

probably from near Puerto Bertoni on the Alto Paraná, Paraguay


Thought to be closest to P. melanota. Sometimes treated as conspecific with latter, but morphology and vocalizations differ. Monotypic.


E Paraguay, extreme NE Argentina (Misiones) and S Brazil (Espírito Santo S to N Rio Grande do Sul).

Descriptive notes

c. 44 cm; male 405–562 g, female 331–670 g. Facial disc brown, encircled by ochre, with white rictal bristles near bill, small white chin patch and creamy... read more


Low, descending sequence of guttural, ventriloquial “brrr brrr brrr brrr” or “ut... read more


Humid, tropical forest and more open woodland; also Araucaria-dominated forest. In S... read more

Food and feeding

Small mammals, birds and large insects; probably also other small vertebrates. Stomach of road-killed bird in Brazil contained a small... read more


Poorly studied; season uncertain. Nest in tree hole, usually 2 eggs; incubation c. 5 weeks, by female; nestling with white down and dark... read more


Probably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Lowlands EBA. Considered relatively rare, or at best uncommon;... 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). Tawny-browed Owl (Pulsatrix koeniswaldiana). 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 14 December 2019).