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Ashy-faced Owl - Tyto glaucops

Also known as Hispaniolan Barn Owl

Calls - Tyto glaucops
Typical calls La Vega, Dominican Republic. April 2013. [ML 180725 Cedar Mathers-Winn] © Macaulay Library

Introduction: The Ashy-faced Owl is a medium-sized barn owl with no ear-tufts.

[For help with terms used in the description, see parts of an owl. For general characteristics common to most owl species, see owl physiology.]

Description: The facial disc is ashy-grey with a prominent orange-brown rim. There is a faint brownish wash at the lower edge of the eyes, which are blackish-brown. The bill is yellowish-horn.
Upperparts are yellowish-brown with blackish vermiculations. The edge of the wings near the wrist is orange-brown, and the wings are yellowish-brown, finely mottled dark. The primaries, secondaries and tail have a few dark bars.
Underparts are yellowish-brown with dark arrow-shaped spots. The legs are relatively long, and feathered yellowish-brown. The toes are bare, greyish-brown, and sparsely bristled. The claws are blackish-brown.

Size: Length 33-35cm. Wing length 240-280mm. Tail length 127-160mm. Weight 260-535g. Females are larger and heavier than males.

Habits: The habits of the Ashy-faced owl are little known, but likely similar to that of other barn owls.

Voice: A rasping wheeze of 2-3 seconds duration, different from the American Barn Owl. Also utters rapid clicking trills.

Hunting & Food: Feeds on small mammals such as mice and rats. Also takes small birds, frogs, reptiles and insects.

Breeding: The breeding habits of this owl are not known, but likely similar to that of other barn owls.

Habitat: Open country with scattered trees and bushes, often near human settlements. Also found in open forest. Ranges from lowlands to above 2000m elevation.

Distribution: This owl is endemic to the islands of Hispaniola and Tortuga in the Caribbean.

Distribution of Ashy-faced Owl - Tyto glaucops
Distribution of the Ashy-faced Owl Tyto glaucops

Status: Endangered.

Original Description: Kaup, Johannes Jacob. 1852. Contributions to Ornithology 1848-1852 [Jardine], 6, p. 118.


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Page compiled by . Page last updated 2013-09-10 Owl Species ID: 010.150.000

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