Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Crested Owl (Lophostrix cristata) - HBW 5, p. 206

French: Duc à aigrettes German: Haubenkauz Spanish: Búho Corniblanco

Taxonomy: Strix cristata Daudin, 1800, French Guiana.
Genus considered by some to be related to Otus, and by others to Bubo. Recent studies, however, also suggest that it may have some link with Pulsatrix. Superficial resemblance to Afrotropical Jubula considered probably due to convergence. Race stricklandi possibly specifically distinct. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • stricklandi P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1859 - S Mexico to W Panama and W Colombia.
  • wedeli Griscom, 1932 - E Panama to NE Colombia and NW Venezuela; possibly also N Venezuela (1 specimen from Aragua).
  • cristata (Daudin, 1800) - S Venezuela and the Guianas to N Brazil (W Pará), S through Amazonia to N Bolivia and N Mato Grosso, then W to SW Colombia, E Ecuador and E Peru.