A medium to large owl, Asio stygius is found in northwest and east Mexico, parts of Guatemala and Belize, Cuba, Colombia, Ecuador, northwest and south Venezuela, south and central Brazil, throughout Paraguay and northern Argentina.
Size Matters (via The Owl Pages):
Length 38-46 cm. Wing length 291-380mm. Tail length 165-198mm. Weight 691-675g. Females are larger and heavier than males.
And finally, why ‘Stygian’? As per The Owl Pages:
The adjective Stygian means ‘gloomy and dark’ and refers to the river Styx, which, in Greek mythology, the souls of the dead have to cross.
- Stygian Owl status update from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species
- Stygian Owl at Avibase
- Stygian Owl on The Owl Pages
- Stygian Owl on Wikipedia
These initial images were taken at the Parque Cóndor, a rescue and release bird park and sanctuary near Otavalo, Ecuador.