The Owl Pages

Jungle Hawk Owl ~ Ninox theomacha


The Jungle Hawk Owl is a small to medium-sized owl with no ear-tufts. Other names for this bird include the Papuan Boobook, Sooty-backed Hawk Owl and Chesnut Hawk Owl.

Sound Gallery

Typical call - Elevala River, Western Province, Papua New Guinea. June 2007. CC Nick Athanas.


Distribution: New Guinea and some nearby western and eastern islands such as Waigeo, Misool, D'Entrecasteaux Archipelago and Louisiade Archipelago.

Range of Jungle Hawk Owl (Ninox theomacha)
Range of the Jungle Hawk Owl Ninox theomacha

Status: Widely distributed and Locally common.

Original Description: Bonaparte, Charles Lucien Jules Laurent. 1855. Comptes Rendus Hebdomadaire des Seances de l'Academie des Sciences [Paris] (Compt. Rend.) 41: p. 654.

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

See also: Other owls from Asia, Oceania, Genus: Ninox.

Page by Deane Lewis. Last updated 2016-01-15.