Barn-owls (Tytonidae)

Lesser Masked-owl (Tyto sororcula) - HBW 5, p. 68

French: Effraie des Tanimbar German: Molukkeneule Spanish: Lechuza de las Tanimbar
Other common names: Tanimbar Owl

Taxonomy: Strix sororcula P. L. Sclater, 1883, Larat, Tanimbar Islands.
Forms superspecies with T. novaehollandiae, T. aurantia, T. manusi, T. nigrobrunnea and T. inexspectata. Sometimes treated as conspecific with T. novaehollandiae. Race cayelii may represent a separate species; Seram population may represent an undescribed race. Species name often misspelt sorocula. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • cayelii (Hartert, 1900) - Buru; also Seram (probably this race).
  • sororcula (P. L. Sclater, 1883) - Tanimbar Is (Larat, Yamdena).