Backyard Birds

Stygian Owl (Asio stygius)

The Stygian Owls, Asio stygius, lives in South America, and parts of Central America. This owl is not globally threatened, although its status varies greatly throughout its range.

This owl occupies a variety of deciduous and evergreen forests and open areas with patchy forests. It lives from sea level to 3100 meters above.


The Stygian Owls is a medium-sized colored owl.

It has yellow eyes, a black bill, a dark blackish facial disk, and white eyebrows. Its underparts are a dingy buff color with dark brown barring and streaks. The upper parts are reverse, buff barring, and streaks on a dark background.

Diet / Feeding

This species takes in a variety of prey including birds, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, and insects. All of its hunting is done at night.

Breeding / Nesting

The Stygian Owl lays two eggs in stick nests created by other birds, but occasionally, they will nest on the ground, like their relative, the Short-eared Owl.

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