Minahassa Owl

The Minahassa Masked Owl has short wings with wingspan of 240-250 mm well suited to its habitat in deep forests. It appears to prefer undisturbed or lightly disturbed rainforest at an altitude of 100-1,600 m. As the primary lowland forests on the Minahasa peninsula has been destroyed, the survival of the species depends on the more inaccessible montane forests. The species is known to inhabit the two large protected regions established in central Sulawesi and Minahassa Peninsula. The remaining population is estimated to be 2,500 – 10,000.

The Minahassa Owl is classified as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.

Woodcock, and Minahassa Owl, and describing six new species – Moluccan Cuckoo, Geomalia, Great Shortwing, Heinrich’s Nightjar, Matinan Flycatcher, and Lompobottang Flycatcher. He also found 45 new subspecies of bird and a number of other new species including a snake, frog, a rat and a whole bunch of ichneumon wasps. It sounds like his personal life was as extraordinary as his achievements. He was born in what is now Poland, joined the German army at 17, then the Luftwaffe. More

(2000) Minahassa Owl Tyto inexspectata at Lore Lindu National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia in December 1998. Forktail 16: 180-182. Maxfield, B. (1998) Wild 'Alala population suffers major setback. 'Elepaio 58: 51. Maxfield, B. (2000) Hawaiian bird chick is a first. Endang. Spec. Bull. 25: 22. Maxwell, J. M. (2001) Fiordland takahe: population trends, dynamics and problems. Pp. 61-79 in Lee, W.G. and Jamieson, I.G., eds. The Takahe: 50 years of conservation management and research. More

1998 a Minahassa Owl was seen and sound-recorded at c. 1Ê700Êm in roadside primary lower montane forest near Danau (=Lake) Tambing, Lore Lindu National Park, north-central Sulawesi. This is the first documented field observation since 1939.-I.R. {B320, C908} {ROL #83} {C328} Mauro, I. 2000. Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula: a new species for Thailand. Forktail 16: 178-180. (Brouwerijstraat 29, B-9160 Lokeren, Belgium.)-On 7 Jan. More

Minahassa Owl Tyto inexspectata at Lore Lindu National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia in December 1998 p. 180. * A.J. GASTON and V.J. ZACHARIAS Hosts of the Common Hawk Cuckoo Hierococcyx varius in India p. 182. * N. DYMOND and P. More

Order : Strigiformes
Family : Tytonidae
Genus : Tyto
Species : inexspectata
Authority : (Schlegel, 1879)