Jamaican Owl

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Jamaican Owl

Jamaican Owl

A Reference for North and Central American Owls

The Jamaican Owl is endemic to Jamaica and is fairly common on the lower mountain slopes. This owl would not be confused with any other owl found in Jamaica and it can be fairly bold. Considering the range of the Jamaican Owl being restricted to this small island combined with superstitious beliefs of the inhabitants who will kill the owl if they find it, this species should be of great concern. The Jamaican government (national environmental agency) has publicly pleaded with the locals to leave the owl in peace. It is a very unique species that has not been adequately studied and therefore there is little known about its needs. DNA studies may likely show this species to be in a family of its own although it is currently included with the Stripped Owl in the pseudoscops family. Here you can find photos, sounds, and information on this beautiful owl.

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