Crested Owl (Lophostrix cristata) - HBW 5, p. 206
French: Duc à aigrettes
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.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 8 videos
A bird roosting during the day in a tree, moving slowly the head Locality Sacha Lodge, Orellana Province, Ecuador (ssp cristata)
Josep del Hoyo 2 September 2007 7 years ago 45 sec 4.7
Alert bird roosting in tree Locality Napo Wildlife Center, Orellana Province, Ecuador (ssp cristata)
Desmond Allen 12 March 2014 1 year ago 35 sec 4.6
An adult calling from a branch Locality Manu Camping Lodge, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Madre de Dios Department, Peru (ssp cristata)
Keith Blomerley 22 November 2004 10 years ago 21 sec 4.5
An adult perched on a branch and flying away Locality Manu Camping Lodge, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Madre de Dios Department, Peru (ssp cristata)
Keith Blomerley 22 November 2004 10 years ago 32 sec 4.1
2 birds in their day roost Locality Sani Lodge, Sucumbios Province, Ecuador
Juan Sanabria 1 April 2006 6 years ago 32 sec 4
A bird resting on a branch during the day Locality La Selva Biological Station, Puerto Viejo, Sarapiquí, Heredia Province, Costa Rica (ssp stricklandi)
Richard Garrigues 16 March 2007 8 years ago 10 sec 3.5
PhotosSee all 15 photos
Adult perched by the side of a trail after being flushed while walking in the forest
Locality Tambopata National Park, Madre de Dios Department, Peru (ssp cristata)
Dubi Shapiro 4 July 2014 1 year ago 4.6
Locality Macapá, Amapá State, Brazil (ssp cristata)
Gustavo Diniz Mendes de C... 15 April 2013 1 year ago 4.5
Locality Madidi National Park, La Paz Department, Bolivia
Samantha Klein 10 December 2014 1 year ago 4.4
Rosting bird in top of tree seen during our tour.
Locality Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Cristalino River, Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
Edson Endrigo 9 October 2015 12 weeks ago 4.4
A bird perched
Locality Adolpho Ducke Botanical Garden, Manaus, Amazonas State, Brazil
Anselmo d Affonseca 12 November 2015 13 weeks ago 4.4
Adult on day-roost.
Locality Sani Lodge, Sucumbios Province, Ecuador (ssp cristata)
Dusan M. Brinkhuizen 28 August 2013 2 years ago 4.4