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Rufous-legged Owl ~ Strix rufipes


The Rufous-legged Owl is a medium-sized owl with a rounded head and no ear-tufts.

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  • Rufous-legged Owl

Sound Gallery

Typical calls - Altos de Lircay National Park, Chile. CC Lance A. M. Benner.


Distribution: From south central Chile and southwest Argentina south to Tierra del Fuego. Also occurs on Chiloé Island.

Status: Uncertain, possibly threatened locally.

Original Description: King, Philip Parker (Rear Admiral). 1827. (The) Zoological Journal 3. (Zool. J.; Conducted by Thomas Bell, John George Children, James de Carle Sowerby, and GB Sowerby. 1824-1835 5 vols., 8vo): p. 426.

König, Claus & Weick, Friedhelm. 2008. "Owls: A Guide to the Owls of the World (Second Edition)". Yale University Press.

See also: Other owls from South America, Genus: Strix.

Page by Deane Lewis. Last updated 2015-11-01.