Crested Owl

About the Crested Owl

The Crested Owl is a medium-sized species of owl found in parts of Central and South America. They are non-migratory and live in old growth forest habitat, usually near water. These nocturnal birds feed mostly on insects and small vertebrates.

Crested Owls can be recognized by their brown body plumage and by the long, mostly white tufts on their foreheads. There are two color morphs of Crested Owl. Pale morph birds have a tawny or chestnut facial disc. Dark morph birds, like our Birdorable version, have a darker rufous disc with a blackish border and an overall darker body plumage.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 15 December 2020
Scientific Name
Lophostrix cristata
  • Strigiformes
  • Strigidae
  • Lophostrix
  • L. cristata
Birdorable Family
Units: Imperial / Metric
15 to 17 inches
14.1 to 21.9 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) coruja-de-crista
Chinese (汉语) 冠鸮
Czech (Cesky) výřík ušatý
Danish (Dansk) Langhornet Ugle
Dutch (Nederlands) Kuifuil
Finnish (Suomi) töyhtöpöllö
French (Français) Duc à aigrettes
German (Deutsch) Haubenkauz
Italian (Italiano) Gufo crestato
Japanese (日本語) カンムリズク (kanmurizuku)
Norwegian (Norsk) Hvittoppugle
Polish (Polski) puchaczyk czubaty
Portuguese (Português) Coruja-de-crista
Russian (русский язык) Ротатая неясыть
Spanish (Español) Búho Corniblanco
Swedish (Svenska) tofsuggla
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