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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.

Photo Gallery (1 picture)

  • 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 to the southern tip of South America, including Chiloé Island.

Range of Rufous-legged Owl (Strix rufipes)
Range of the Rufous-legged Owl Strix rufipes

Status: Listed as 'Least Concern' by Birdlife International.

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.

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 rufipes at Xeno-canto.

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

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