Cinnabar Boobook
Cinnabar hawk owl ih
Common Name Cinnabar Hawk-owl
Range island of Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae
Genus Ninox
Species Ninox ios
Conservation Status

The Cinnabar boobook (Ninox ios), also known as the cinnabar hawk owl, is a species of boobook endemic to the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. It was described as a new species to science by American ornithologist Pamela C. Rasmussen in 1999 based on a single specimen collected by Frank Rozendaal from Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park on Minahassa Peninsula, northern Sulawesi, in 1985. Subsequently it has also been observed in Lore Lindu National Park in central Sulawesi, greatly expanding the known habitat range.

The cinnabar boobook is small (total length 22 cm or 8.5 in) and has a relatively long tail and narrow pointed wings. The four known records of the species indicate it is a nocturnal forest dwelling species living at mid-altitudes (1,100 to 1,700 m (3,600 to 5,600 ft). Otherwise very little is known of its habits. Based on morphological similarities with owlet-nightjars, Rasmussen suggests the cinnabar boobook may be an insectivore and prey on invertebrates in flight.

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