Owls of the World

We are working to add a link to each of the following owls for more info: only some have been added so far. Look for the  🙂

Alternately you can go to our friend Deane Lewis’s amazing website The Owl Pages from which we learn a lot of our information from.


African Barred Owlet – Glaucidium capense
African Marsh Owl – Asio capensis
African Wood Owl – Strix (Ciccaba) woodfordii
Albertine Owlet – Glaucidium albertinum
Asian Barred Owlet – Glaucidium cuculoides
Asian Bay Owl – Phodilus badius


Band-bellied Owl – Pulsatrix melanota
Bare-legged Owl – Gymnoglaux lawrencii (Otus lawrencii)
Barking Owl – Ninox connivens
Barred Jungle Owlet – Glaucidium radiatum
Barred Owl – Strix varia
Barred Owl, Guatemala – Strix fulvescens
Barred Owlet, African – Glaucidium capense
Barred Owlet, Asian – Glaucidium cuculoides

Barn Owl – Tyto alba 🙂 
Barn Owl, Andaman – Tyto deroepstorffi
Barn Owl, Ashy-faced – Tyto glaucops
Barn Owl, Celebes – Tyto rosenbergii
Barn Owl, Hispaniolan – Tyto glaucops
Barn Owl, Minahassa – Tyto inexspectata
Barn Owl, New Britain – Tyto aurantia

Bay Owl, African – Tyto prigoginei (Phodilus prigoginei)
Bay Owl, Asian – Phodilus badius
Bay Owl, Congo – Tyto prigoginei (Phodilus prigoginei)

Black and White Owl – Strix (Ciccaba) nigrolineata
Black-banded Owl – Strix (Ciccaba) huhula
Blewitt’s Owl – Athene blewitti (Heteroglaux blewitti)

Boobook Owl – Ninox boobook (novaeseelandiae) 🙂
Boobook Owl, New Zealand – Ninox novaeseelandiae
Boobook Owl, Sumba – Ninox rudolfi

Boreal Owl – Aegolius funereus
Brazilian Owl – Strix hylophila
Brown Owl – Ninox theomacha
Buff-fronted Owl – Aegolius harrisii
Burrowing Owl – Athene cunicularia (formerly Speotyto cunicularia)


Chaco Owl – Strix chacoensis
Chesnut Owlet – Glaucidium castaneum
Chesnut-backed Owlet – Glaucidium castanonotum
Chesnut-winged Owlet – Glaucidium castanopterum
Cinnabar Hawk Owl – Ninox ios
Collared Owlet – Glaucidium brodiei
Cuckoo Owlet – Glaucidium cuculoides
Crested Owl – Lophostrix cristata


Eagle Owl, African – Bubo africanus 🙂
Eagle Owl, Akun – Bubo leucostictus
Eagle Owl, Bared – Bubo sumatrana (Bubo sumatranus)
Eagle Owl, Bengal – Bubo bengalensis 🙂 
Eagle Owl, Cape – Bubo capensis
Eagle Owl, Desert – Bubo ascalaphus
Eagle Owl, Dusky – Bubo coromandus
Eagle Owl, Eurasian – Bubo bubo  🙂
Eagle Owl, Forest – Bubo nipalensis
Eagle Owl, Fraser’s – Bubo poensis
Eagle Owl, Indian – Bubo bengalensis
Eagle Owl, Lesser – Mimizuku gurneyi (Otus gurneyi)
Eagle Owl, Malay – Bubo sumatrana (Bubo sumatranus)
Eagle Owl, Milky – Bubo lacteus
Eagle Owl, Nduk – Bubo poensis
Eagle Owl, Oriental – Bubo sumatrana (Bubo sumatranus)
Eagle Owl, Pharaoh – Bubo ascalaphus
Eagle Owl, Philippine – Bubo philippensis
Eagle Owl, Rock – Bubo bengalensis
Eagle Owl, Shelley’s – Bubo shelleyi
Eagle Owl, Sooty – Bubo leucostictus
Eagle Owl, Spot-bellied – Bubo nipalensis
Eagle Owl, Spotted – Bubo africanus
Eagle Owl, Usambara – Bubo poensis
Eagle Owl, Vermiculated – Bubo cinerascens
Eagle Owl, Verreaux’s – Bubo lacteus

Elf Owl – Micrathene whitneyi


Fearful Owl – Nesasio solomonensis

Fish Owl, Blakiston’s – Ketupa blakistoni
Fish Owl, Brown – Ketupa zeylonensis
Fish Owl, Buffy – Ketupa ketupa
Fish Owl, Malay – Ketupa ketupa
Fish Owl, Tawny – Ketupa flavipes

Fishing Owl, Pel’s – Scotopelia peli
Fishing Owl, Rufous – Scotopelia ussheri
Fishing Owl, Vermiculated – Scotopelia bouvieri

Flammulated Owl – Otus flammeolus
Forest Spotted Owlet – Athene blewitti (Heteroglaux blewitti)
Fulvous Owl – Strix fulvescens


Giant Eagle Owl – Bubo lacteus

Grass Owl, African – Tyto capensis
Grass Owl, Common – Tyto capensis
Grass Owl, Eastern – Tyto longimembris
Grass Owl, Madagascar – Tyto soumagnei
Grass Owl, Soumagnes – Tyto soumagnei

Great Gray Owl – Strix nebulosa
Great Hawk Owl – Ninox strenua
Great Horned Owl – Bubo virginianus 🙂 
Guatemala Barred Owl – Strix fulvescens


Hawk Owl, Admiralty Islands – Ninox meeki
Hawk Owl, Andaman – Ninox affinis
Hawk Owl, Bismarck – Ninox variegata (Ninox solomonis)
Hawk Owl, Brown – Ninox scutulata
Hawk Owl, Chesnut – Ninox theomacha
Hawk Owl, Christmas Island – Ninox natalis
Hawk Owl, Great – Ninox strenua
Hawk Owl, Indonesian – Ninox squampilia
Hawk Owl, Jungle – Ninox theomacha
Hawk Owl, Little Sumba – Ninox sumbaensis
Hawk Owl, Madagascar – Ninox superciliaris
Hawk Owl, Manus – Ninox meeki
Hawk Owl, Mindoro – Ninox mindorensis (Ninox plateni)
Hawk Owl, Moluccan – Ninox squampilia
Hawk Owl, New Britain – Ninox odiosa
Hawk Owl, New Guinea – Uroglaux dimorpha
Hawk Owl, New Ireland – Ninox variegata (Ninox solomonis)
Hawk Owl, Northern – Surnia ulula (Strix ulula)
Hawk Owl, Ochre-bellied – Ninox ochracea (Ninox perversa)
Hawk Owl, Oriental – Ninox scutulata
Hawk Owl, Papuan – Uroglaux dimorpha
Hawk Owl, Philippine – Ninox philippensis
Hawk Owl, Russet – Ninox odiosa
Hawk Owl, Solomon Islands – Ninox jacquinota
Hawk Owl, Sooty-backed – Ninox theomacha
Hawk Owl, Speckled – Ninox punctulata
Hawk Owl, Spotted – Ninox boobook (novaeseelandiae)
Hawk Owl, White-browed – Ninox superciliaris

Hume’s Owl – Strix butleri


Itombwe Owl – Tyto prigoginei (Phodilus prigoginei)


Jamaican Owl – Pseudoscops grammicus
Javan Owlet – Glaucidium castanopterum
Jungle Owlet – Glaucidium radiatum


Lapland Owl – Strix nebulosa
Lapp Owl – Strix nebulosa
Laughing Owl – Sceloglaux albifacies
Lesser Sooty Owl – Tyto multipunctata
Little Owl – Athene noctua

Long-eared Owl – Asio otus
Long-eared Owl, Abyssinian – Asio abyssinicus
Long-eared Owl, Madagascar – Asio madagascariensis

Long-whiskered Owlet – Xenoglaux loweryi


Madagascar Red Owl – Tyto soumagnei
Magellan Horned Owl – Bubo magellanicus
Maned Owl – Jubula lettii
Marsh Owl, African – Asio capensis

Masked Owl, Andaman – Tyto deroepstorffi
Masked Owl, Australian – Tyto novaehollandiae
Masked Owl, Lesser – Tyto sororcula
Masked Owl, Manus – Tyto manusi
Masked Owl, Minahassa – Tyto inexspectata
Masked Owl, New Britain – Tyto aurantia
Masked Owl, Sula Island- Tyto nigrobrunnea
Masked Owl, Sulawesi – Tyto rosenbergii
Masked Owl, Taliabu – Tyto nigrobrunnea
Masked Owl, Tasmanian – Tyto castanops

Mindanao Owl – Mimizuku gurneyi (Otus gurneyi)
Montane Forest Owl – Otus hoyi
Morepork – Ninox novaeseelandiae
Mottled Owl – Strix (Ciccaba) virgata


New Guinea Hawk Owl – Uroglaux dimorpha
New Zealand Boobook Owl – Ninox novaeseelandiae
Northern Hawk Owl – Surnia ulula (Strix ulula)
Northern Saw-whet Owl – Aegolius acadius


Papuan Hawk Owl – Uroglaux dimorpha
Pearl-spotted Owlet – Glaucidium perlatum
Powerful Owl – Ninox strenua

Prigogine’s Owlet – Glaucidium albertinum
Pygmy Owl, Amazonian – Glaucidium hardyi
Pygmy Owl, Andean – Glaucidium jardinii
Pygmy Owl, Austral – Glaucidium nanum
Pygmy Owl, Cape – Glaucidium hoskinsii
Pygmy Owl, Central American – Glaucidium griseiceps
Pygmy Owl, Chaco – Glaucidium tucumanum
Pygmy Owl, Cloud Forest – Glaucidium nubicola
Pygmy Owl, Colima – Glaucidium palmarum
Pygmy Owl, Collared – Glaucidium brodiei
Pygmy Owl, Cuban – Glaucidium siju
Pygmy Owl, Eurasian – Glaucidium passerinum
Pygmy Owl, Ferruginous – Glaucidium brasilianum
Pygmy Owl, Least – Glaucidium minutissimum
Pygmy Owl, Mountain – Glaucidium gnoma
Pygmy Owl, Northern – Glaucidium californicum (formerly gnoma)
Pygmy Owl, Peruvian – Glaucidium peruanum
Pygmy Owl, Ridgway’s – Glaucidium ridgwayi
Pygmy Owl, Subtropical – Glaucidium parkeri
Pygmy Owl, Tamaulipas – Glaucidium sanchezi
Pygmy Owl, Yungas – Glaucidium bolivianum


Red Owl, Madagascar – Tyto soumagnei
Red-chested Owlet – Glaucidium tephronotum
Rufous-banded Owl – Strix (Ciccaba) albitarsus (albitarsis)
Rufous-legged Owl – Strix rufipes
Rufous Owl – Ninox rufa
Rusty-barred Owl – Strix hylophila


Saw-whet Owl, Northern – Aegolius acadius
Saw-whet Owl, Unspotted – Aegolius ridgwayi

Scops Owl, African – Otus senegalensis
Scops Owl, Andaman – Otus balli
Scops Owl, Anjouan – Otus capnodes
Scops Owl, Bare-legged – Otus insularis
Scops Owl, Beccari – Otus beccarii
Scops Owl, Biak island – Otus beccarii
Scops Owl, Bruce’s – Otus brucei
Scops Owl, Celebes – Otus manadensis
Scops Owl, Cinnamon – Otus icterorhynchus
Scops Owl, Collared – Otus lettia
Scops Owl, Common – Otus scops
Scops Owl, Elegant – Otus elegans
Scops Owl, Enggano – Otus enganensis
Scops Owl, Eurasian – Otus scops
Scops Owl, Flores – Otus alfredi
Scops Owl, Giant – Mimizuku gurneyi (Otus gurneyi)
Scops Owl, Grand Comoro – Otus pauliani
Scops Owl, Indian – Otus bakkamoena
Scops Owl, Japanese – Otus semitorques
Scops Owl, Javan – Otus angelinae
Scops Owl, Lesser Sunda – Otus silvicola
Scops Owl, Luzon – Otus longicornis
Scops Owl, Madagascar – Otus rutilus
Scops Owl, Magic – Otus manadensis
Scops Owl, Malagasy – Otus rutilus
Scops Owl, Mantanani – Otus mantananensis
Scops Owl, Mentawai – Otus mentawi
Scops Owl, Mentaur – Otus umbra
Scops Owl, Mindanao – Otus mirus
Scops Owl, Mindoro – Otus mindorensis
Scops Owl, Mohéli – Otus moheliensis
Scops Owl, Moluccan – Otus magicus
Scops Owl, Mountain – Otus spilocephalus
Scops Owl, Nicobar – Otus alius
Scops Owl, Oriental – Otus sunia
Scops Owl, Palau – Otus podarginus (Pyrroglaux podargina)
Scops Owl, Palawan – Otus fuliginosus
Scops Owl, Pallid – Otus brucei
Scops Owl, Pemba – Otus pembaensis
Scops Owl, Philipine – Otus megalotis
Scops Owl, Rajah’s – Otus brookii
Scops Owl, Reddish – Otus rufescens
Scops Owl, Rufous – Otus rufescens
Scops Owl, Ryukyu – Otus elegans
Scops Owl, Sandy – Otus icterorhynchus
Scops Owl, Sangihe – Otus collari
Scops Owl, São Thomé – Otus hartlaubi
Scops Owl, Simeulue – Otus umbra
Scops Owl, Sokoke – Otus ireneae
Scops Owl, Seychelles – Otus insularis
Scops Owl, Spotted – Otus spilocephalus
Scops Owl, Striated – Otus brucei
Scops Owl, Sulawesi – Otus manadensis
Scops Owl, Sunda (formerly grouped with Collared Scops) – Otus lempiji
Scops Owl, Wallace’s – Otus silvicola
Scops Owl, White-faced (Northern) – Otus leucotis (Ptilopsis leucotis)
Scops Owl, White-faced (Southern) – Otus granti (Ptilopsis granti) (formerly subspecies of above) 🙂 
Scops Owl, White-fronted – Otus sagittatus
Scops Owl, Whitehead’s – Otus megalotis

Screech Owl, Balsas – Otus seductus
Screech Owl, Bare-shanked – Otus clarkii
Screech Owl, Bearded – Otus barbarus
Screech Owl, Black-capped – Otus atricapillus (atricapilla)
Screech Owl, Bridled – Otus barbarus
Screech Owl, Cinnamon – Otus petersoni
Screech Owl, Cloud Forest – Otus marshalli
Screech Owl, Colombian – Otus colombianus
Screech Owl, Cuban – Gymnoglaux lawrencii (Otus lawrencii)
Screech Owl, Dark-crowned – Otus roboratus
Screech Owl, Eastern – Otus asio
Screech Owl, Guatemalan – Otus guatemalae
Screech Owl, Long-tufted – Otus sanctaecatarina
Screech Owl, Maria Koepcke’s – Otus koepckeae
Screech Owl, Montane Forest – Otus hoyi
Screech Owl, Oaxaca – Otus lambi
Screech Owl, Pacific – Otus cooperi
Screech Owl, Peruvian – Otus roboratus
Screech Owl, Puerto Rican – Otus nudipes
Screech Owl, Rio Napo – Otus napensis
Screech Owl, Roraima – Otus roraimae
Screech Owl, Rufescent – Otus ingens
Screech Owl, Spotted – Otus trichopsis
Screech Owl, Tawny-bellied (Northern) – Otus watsonii
Screech Owl, Tawny-bellied (Southern) – Otus usta
Screech Owl, Tropical – Otus choliba
Screech Owl, Vermiculated – Otus vermiculatus
Screech Owl, Western – Otus kennicottii
Screech Owl, Whiskered – Otus trichopsis
Screech Owl, White-throated – Otus albogularis

Short-browed Owl – Pulsatrix pulsatrix
Short-eared Owl – Asio flammeus
Sjöstedt’s Owlet – Glaucidium sjöstedti
Snowy Owl – Bubo scandiacus – Nyctea scandiaca 🙂 

Sooty Owl – Tyto tenebricosa
Sooty Owl, Lesser – Tyto multipunctata

Spadiced Owlet – Glaucidium castanopterum
Spectacled Owl – Pulsatrix perspicillata
Splendid Owlet – Glaucidium sjöstedti
Spotted Owl – Strix occidentalis
Spotted Hawk Owl – Ninox boobook (novaeseelandiae)
Spotted Little Owl – Athene brama
Spotted Owlet – Athene brama
Striped Owl – Asio clamator (formerly Rhinoptynx clamator)
Stygian Owl – Asio stygius


Tawny-browed Owl – Pulsatrix koeniswaldiana
Tawny Owl, Eurasian – Strix aluco 🙂 
Tawny Owl, Hume’s – Strix butleri
Tengmalm’s Owl – Aegolius funereus


Unspotted Saw-whet Owl – Aegolius ridgwayi
Ural Owl – Strix uralensis


White-browed Owl – Ninox superciliaris
White-chinned Owl – Pulsatrix koeniswaldiana
White-faced Owl – Sceloglaux albifacies
Winking Owl – Ninox connivens

Wood Owl, African – Strix (Ciccaba) woodfordii
Wood Owl, Bartels’ – Strix bartelsi
Wood Owl, Brown – Strix leptogrammica
Wood Owl, David’s – Strix davidi
Wood Owl, Himalayan – Strix newarensis
Wood Owl, Mottled – Strix ocellata
Wood Owl, Sichuan – Strix davidi
Wood Owl, Spotted – Strix seloputo

Owls of the World Gallery