Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Jungle Hawk-owl (Ninox theomacha) - HBW 5, p. 236

French: Ninoxe brune German: Einfarbkauz Spanish: Nínox Papú
Other common names: Sooty-backed/Chestnut Hawk-owl, Papuan(!)/Jungle Boobook (Owl), Brown Owl(!)

Taxonomy: Spiloglaux theomacha Bonaparte, 1855, Triton Bay, New Guinea.
Relationships uncertain. Proposed treatments as member of species-group that includes N. boobook, N. novaeseelandiae, N. squamipila, N. meeki, N. variegata and perhaps other boobooks in Australasian Region; more research needed. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • hoedtii (Schlegel, 1871) - Waigeo and Misool Is.
  • theomacha (Bonaparte, 1855) - New Guinea.
  • goldii Gurney, 1883 - D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago (Goodenough, Fergusson, Normanby).
  • rosseliana Tristram, 1889 - Louisiade Archipelago (Tagula, Rossel).