Pere David's owl

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Père David's Owl
Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Bilateria
Branch Deuterostomia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Sub-phylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Class Information
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Aves
Sub-class Neornithes
Infra-class Neoaves
Order Information
Order Strigiformes
Family Information
Family Strigidae
Sub-family Striginae
Genus Information
Genus Strix
Species Information
Species S. davidi
Population statistics

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[1], 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.