Stygian Owl (species: Asio stygius) in Birds of Ecuador (Gaia Guide)
Asio stygius
Stygian Owl

©Ron Knight: Stygian Owl (Asio stygius)

©Amy McAndrews: Stygian Owl (Asio stygius)

©gailhampshire: Chick
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae
Genus Asio
Species Asio stygius



Distinguishing features

It has yellow eyes, a black beak, a dark blackish facial disk, and white eyebrows. Its underparts are a dingy buff color with dark brown barring and streaks. The upperparts are reverse, buff barring and streaks on a dark background. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 46 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 117 cm



Distribution and habitat preferences

It lives in South America, and parts of Central America. It has been documented twice in Texas.

This owl occupies a variety of deciduous and evergreen forests, and open areas with patchy forest. (Wikipedia)

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