Palau owl

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Palau owl
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Pyrroglaux
Yamashina, 1938
P. podargina
Binomial name
Pyrroglaux podargina
(Hartlaub & Finsch, 1872)
  • Otus podarginus
  • Pyrroglaux podarginus

The Palau owl (Pyrroglaux podargina) is a species of owl in the family Strigidae. Formerly united with the scops owls in Otus, it is now placed in its own genus Pyrroglaux. Palau owls are dark reddish brown with small white dots scattered across their feathers. They are endemic to the Pacific Palau Islands, where they are found in woodland and lagoon trees, ravines and mangrove swamps. Palau owls nest in hollows of trees, live in groups and are territorial.