It is the only species (monotypic) in the genus Lophostrix. The wing coverts and primaries are dotted with white and all flight feathers are barred light and dark. The crested owl is a strictly nocturnal species, but very little is known about its behaviour. [3], The adult form has two colour morphs: a dark and a pale morph. BIRD OF THE WEEK: 10/31/2014 SCIENTIFIC NAME: Lophostrix cristata POPULATION: 50,000-500,000 TREND: Unknown HABITAT: Humid lowland and montane forests in Central and South America. Habitat. Description de la famille. Even though the populations are decreasing, the species has an extremely large range and is estimated to have a population of over 10,000 mature individuals. Breeding: The breeding biology of the Crested Owl is little known. Genre: Lophostrix. The mesoptile (down feathers) of juveniles is whitish. The song begins with a stuttering rattle k-k-kkkk, which accelerates to a deep, rough and guttural krrrrrao. Lophostrix cristata - Crested Owl. [4] The song resembles a frog-like croak and can be mistaken by the call of the Bare-Throated Tiger Heron. The crested owl is a resident bird throughout its central and south american range. It is a medium-sized owl, easily recognizable with its very long whitish ear tufts and otherwise darker appearance. The crested owl is found in Central America and northern South America, where it occurs in Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. The most common place to find owls living is in wooded areas. Diet and Foraging. Famille: Strigidés. It is found in the Amazon Basin except in the north-west basin region with western Guyana, Venezuela, and central-eastern Colombia. The crested owl is a resident bird throughout its central and south american range. It inhabits humid evergreen forests and generally roosts by day in thickets, often very low. The crested owl natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest. They live up to 1000m in altitude,[6] and are found in higher abundance where there is undergrowth and the presence of snags. Our site uses cookies to collect anonymous information about your use of our website. [4] The bill is generally yellow or darker and its toes are a pale grey-brown colour. This species occurs in several areas protected by ABC and in-country partners, including the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica and the Blue-billed Curassow (El Paujil) Reserve in Colombia. Espèce : cristata. [11] This owl is still fairly common in undisturbed primary forests of the amazon, but could become locally endangered where deforestation takes place. [2], There are three recognized subspecies:[3]. At a distance the first introductory notes are inaudible. It is suspected to lose 18-21% of suitable habitat within its range over the next 17 years, thus suspected to decline by 25% over three generations. Sign up for ABC's eNews to learn how you can help protect birds. The Crested Owl is strictly nocturnal (active only at night) and feeds mainly on large insects like caterpillars or beetles although probably will take some small vertebrates too. There are two other Owls, but they only come in uncommon: Hawk Owl Great Horned Owl. Daudin, 1800. This owl prefers to be near water. Breeding. [7], The characteristic call of the crested owl is usually given when they are perched high in the canopy. They favor old growth, however they will also occur in undisturbed secondary growth forest. Owls are well known as being very versatile birds when it comes to their habitat. They live up to 1000m in altitude, and are found in higher abundance where there is undergrowth and the presence of snags. Their facial disk is dark, and the ear tufts are short. [3], This owl feeds mainly on large insects, and they are thought to feed on small vertebrates as well. They are able to live in a variety of locations and some of those may surprise you. adulte. Still, the species faces threats from habitat loss and deforestation. [3] It is distinctively recognized with its very long white or buff colored ear tufts and its prominent whitish eyestripe that extends into the ear tufts. Habitat. The Iris varies from yellow to brown mottled with rufous.