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Tambo Blanquillo - Stay in a family owned Manu Lodge and discover The Wonders of the Peruvian Jungle
Av. Nicolás de Piérola 265
Barranco, Lima 04 – Perú
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(+51) 1 249 9342
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FAMILY BIRDS

Strigidae

A family of owls with typical behaviour: nocturnal, silent flight and highly camouflaged, all of which makes them particularly difficult to spot. Listen out for the distinctive growling call instead.

 


Crested Owl

Lophostrix cristata

Crested Owl

Crested Owl

Appearance:

  • Striking bold white eyebrows continue into very long, mostly white ear tufts.
  • The crown, facial disc, and upper breast are deep chocolate-brown.
  • Forehead, eyebrows and most of the ear-tufts are white.
  • Upperparts are plain dark chocolate-brown, all flight feathers are barred light and dark.
  • Tail feathers are chocolate-brown with very fine darker mottling.
  • It is 40 to 43cm long and weighs 400 to 600g.

Behaviour:

  • Strictly nocturnal.
  • Often occurs at forest edges and clearings or along watercourses, where it forages for large insects and possibly small vertebrates.
  • Normally breeds in the dry or early wet season.

Voice:

  • The call is a deep, rolling growl repeated regularly.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • It perches along streams and forest gaps, but probably hunts mostly in the forest
  • Nests in natural holes in mature trees.
  • May be seen near viewing towers, and along trails.
  • It is rare to see them in the morning.

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