Papuan hawk-owl

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Papuan hawk-owl
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Uroglaux
Mayr, 1937
U. dimorpha
Binomial name
Uroglaux dimorpha
(Salvadori, 1874)

The Papuan hawk-owl (Uroglaux dimorpha) is a medium-sized, sleek owl with a proportionately small head, long tail, and short, rounded wings. Its white facial disk is small and indistinct, with black streaks, and white eyebrows. It has buff-colored upperparts and barred black and brown underparts. Its eyes are bright yellow, and it has a gray to black bill. The male is larger than the female, which is unusual among owls.[2]

Though generally found in lowland rainforest or gallery forest in lowland savanna, the Papuan hawk-owl is occasionally found at elevations up to 1,500 m (4,900 ft) above sea level.[1] It is probably a resident species in its restricted range, New Guinea.

Not much is known about the status of this species, as insufficient data exist to quantify its population.[1] It is rarely seen, and may be threatened due to deforestation.


  1. ^ a b c BirdLife International (2017). "Uroglaux dimorpha". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2017.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  2. ^ Duncan, James R. (2003). Owls of the World: Their Lives, Behavior and Survival. Richmond Hill, Ontario: Firefly Books. p. 33. ISBN 1-55297-845-1.