Striped owl

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Striped Owl
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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 Asio
Species Information
Species A. clamator
Synonyms Pseudoscops clamator
Rhinoptynx clamator
Population statistics
Conservation status Least concern[1]

The striped owl (Asio clamator) is a species of owl of the family Strigidae, and found throughout much of Central and South America.


Striped owls are medium-sized, 11-14 inches in length, with a 26-inch wingspan, and weigh between 11-19 ounces, with females larger than males. The face bears a brownish-white facial disk with a black border, with a dark beak and brown eyes. Its back is brown with dark mottling and thick bars, while the underparts are lighter in color, broken by multiple dark vertical stripes.


  • Asio clamator clamator; South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guiana highlands, northern Brazil.
  • Asio clamator forbesi; southern Mexico to Panama.
  • Asio clamator midas; eastern Bolivia to Paraguay, southern Brazil to northern Argentina.
  • Asio clamator oberi; Trinidad and Tobago.


Striped owls are found in a variety of habitats, such as woodland and tropical rain forests, flood areas, pastures, and fields; they are absent, however, from the central portion of the Amazon rain forest. It ranges sea level up to 5,000 feet in altitude.