Rufous-banded Owl, Revisited

A rare owl, up close and drowsy.

Rufous-banded Owl (Strix albitarsis) image 02

In case you missed it, for today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,148th straight, I’m bringing to the fore this somewhat drowsy but still remarkably beautiful Rufous-banded Owl I had the pleasure of seeing at the Parque Condor, a rescue and release bird park and sanctuary near Otavalo, Ecuador, in March 2015.

The Rufous-Banded Owl (Strix albitarsis) is at home in subtropical or tropical montane forests in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Up close they’re stunning, but they’re also somewhat of a mystery. Via the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds Online database:

Endemic to the Andes, the Rufous-banded Owl is the only high elevation member of its genus. It occurs from Venezuela to Bolivia in humid montane forest from 1700m to tree-line. It is most often detected by its deliberate series of short hoots but is rarely seen and there is thus little information on its natural history.

A larger view below.

 

Rufous-banded Owl (Strix albitarsis)
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