The Owl Pages

Speckled Boobook ~ Ninox punctulata


The Speckled Boobook is a small owl with no ear-tufts. It is also known as the Speckled Hawk Owl.

Photo Gallery (3 pictures)

  • Speckled Boobook
  • Speckled Boobook
  • Speckled Boobook

Sound Gallery

Typical calls - Lore Lindu, Sulawesi. © Dave Farrow.


Distribution: Endemic to Sulawesi and the nearby islands of Wowoni, Kabaena, Muna, Buton, Batudaka and Togean in Indonesia.

Range of Speckled Boobook (Ninox punctulata)
Range of the Speckled Boobook Ninox punctulata

Status: Widespread and common within its range. Listed as 'Least Concern' by Birdlife International.

Original Description: Quoy, Jean Rene Constant & Gaimard, Joseph Paul. 1830. Voyage de découvertes de l'Astrolabe exécuté par order du Roi, pendant les années 1826-1827-1828-1829, sous le commandement de m.J. Dumont d'Urville. Zoologie. (Paris. 268 p). 1, p. 165-166. Atlas Ois. pl. 1, fig. 1.

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.
Ninox punctulata at Xeno-canto.

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

Page by Deane Lewis. Last updated 2020-11-07. Copyright Information.