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Himalayan Wood Owl ~ Strix nivicolum (nivicola)


The Himalayan Wood Owl is a medium-sized owl with a rounded head and no ear-tufts. It is also known as the Himalayan Owl. It was formerly considered a subspecies of the Tawny Owl Strix aluco.

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  • Himalayan Wood Owl
  • Himalayan Wood Owl


Distribution: Found from the Himalayas east to Eastern China and Taiwan.

Range of Himalayan Wood Owl (Strix nivicolum)
Range of the Himalayan Wood Owl Strix nivicolum

Status: Said to be fairly common. Listed as Least Concern by BirdLife International.

Original Description: Blyth, 1845

References: (may contain affiliate links)
BirdLife International. 2020. "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species". IUCN.
International Ornithological Congress. 2023. "IOC World Bird List - Owls".
König, Claus & Weick, Friedhelm. 2008. "Owls: A Guide to the Owls of the World (Second Edition)". Yale University Press.
Strix nivicolum at Xeno-canto.

See also: Other owls from Asia, Genus: Strix.

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