Temporal range: Pleistocene
|Comparison of O. brea (center), and other extinct owls|
Campbell & Bocheński, 2010
Strix brea Howard, 1933
Oraristix brea, the Brea owl, is an extinct owl reported from the upper Pleistocene asphalt deposits of Rancho La Brea, Los Angeles, California. It was first described in 1933 by Hildegarde Howard as Strix brea, but this extinct owl was recently placed into its own genus by Campbell and Bocheński (2010). The Brea owl has also been found in the upper Pleistocene asphalt deposits of Carpinteria, California. Oraristrix brea is interpreted as more terrestrial in habits than forest owls because, compared to North American species of Bubo and Strix, it had longer legs relative to its wingspan.
- Glaucidium kurochkini, a pygmy owl also known from the La Brea Tar Pits
- Asphaltoglaux, another owl from the La Brea Tar Pits, this one being more closely related to owls of the genus Aegolius
- Kenneth E. Campbell, Jr. & Zbigniew M. Bocheński (2010). "A new genus for the extinct Late Pleistocene owl Strix brea Howard (Aves: Strigiformes) from Rancho La Brea, California" (PDF). Records of the Australian Museum. 62 (1): 123–144. doi:10.3853/j.0067-1975.62.2010.1534.
- Hildegarde Howard (1933). "A new species of owl from the Pleistocene of Rancho La Brea, California". The Condor. 35 (2): 66–69. doi:10.2307/1363650. JSTOR 1363650.
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