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Papuan Hawk-Owl

Uroglaux dimorpha

The Papuan hawk-owl, known scientifically as Uroglaux dimorpha, is a medium-sized owl distinguished by its sleek appearance. It possesses a relatively small head, a long tail, and short, rounded wings. The species exhibits a white facial disk, albeit small and somewhat obscured by black streaks, and is further characterized by white eyebrows.

Identification Tips

Upon observing this nocturnal raptor, one may note its buff-colored upperparts and the distinctive barred pattern of black and brown across its underparts. The eyes of the Papuan hawk-owl shine with a bright yellow hue, and it sports a gray to black bill. A peculiar trait among owls is that the male of this species is larger than the female.

Habitat

The Papuan hawk-owl typically resides in the lowland rainforests, but it is also known to inhabit gallery forests within the lowland savanna. On occasion, it can be found at altitudes reaching up to 1,500 meters above sea level.

Distribution

This owl is believed to be a resident species within the confines of its range, which is restricted to the island of New Guinea.

Behaviour

The Papuan hawk-owl is an elusive creature, rarely seen by human eyes. Its secretive nature contributes to the limited knowledge we have of its behavior.

Conservation status

The conservation status of the Papuan hawk-owl is currently listed as Least Concern by the IUCN. However, the lack of sufficient data to quantify its population means that its true status remains somewhat enigmatic. The species may face threats from ongoing deforestation activities in its habitat.

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