Rufous-banded owl

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Rufous-banded 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. albitarsis
Synonyms Ciccaba albitarsis
Population statistics
Conservation status Least concern[1]

The rufous-banded owl (Strix albitarsis) is a species of owl of the family Strigidae, and found in South America. It was formerly placed in the genus Ciccaba, but recent studies have caused a reclassification to the genus Strix.


The rufous-banded owl is medium-sized, with a length of about 11.8 to 13.7 inches. The face veil is reddish, and set with black eyes. The upper side of the body is dark brown with reddish-brown spots and transverse stripes, the underside whitish with reddish and dark brown longitudinal and transverse stripes.


  • Ciccaba albitarsis albitarsis
  • Ciccaba albitarsis opaca
  • Ciccaba albitarsis tertia

The ornithologists Claus König and Friedhelm Weick describe it in his 2008 monograph as virtually unknown.[2] It is thought to feed on small mammals and insects. Nothing is known about reproductive biology. However, young birds have been observed in Venezuela in the month of August and in Colombia in June.

Rufous-banded owls are one of four species formerly of the genus Ciccaba; genetics suggested a closer relationship to birds of the genus Strix than was previously believed, resulting in a change of classification.[3] Some authorities, such as the IUCN, still refer to these birds under the former genus classification.


  • König, Claus, and Weick, Friedhelm. Owls of the World; Christopher Helm, London (2008)