Pere David's owl
|Père David's Owl|
Père David's owl or Sichuan wood owl (Strix davidi) is a species of owl found in central China, and named for the French Catholic priest and zoologist Père Armand David. Although different in appearance from the related Ural owl, Père David's owl is likely a subspecies, pending further investigation.
Père David's owl is medium-sized, about 22 inches in length. Upperparts are brown in color and mottled in blackish-brown, white and grey. Primaries, secondaries, and tail are bared in brown. Underparts are a light-tan or whitish color, with dark brown streaks. The facial disk is well-defined and tan in color, with dark brown eyes and a pale yellow bill. By comparison, the Ural owl is overall lighter in color.
Père David's owl is endemic to central China, and found in the coniferous and mixed conifer-deciduous forests near Gansu and Lianhuashan, up to an elevation of 11,000 feet.