Ninox affinis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Ninox affinis
Species Authority: Beavan, 1867
Common Name(s):
English Andaman Boobook, Andaman Hawk-Owl
Spanish Nínox de Andamán

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Benstead, P., Bird, J., Taylor, J.
This species has a small range within which it may be in decline owing to increases in forest clearance and degradation as the human population expands; however, it is not restricted to a few locations and its tolerance of human-modified habitats means that its population is unlikely to be severely fragmented. It is therefore listed as Near Threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Ninox affinis is endemic to the Andaman and Nicobar archipelagos, India (BirdLife International 2001). Although its tolerance of degraded habitats gives cause for optimism, the species may be declining as human populations on the islands increase.

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Population [top]

Population: The population size of this species has not been quantified.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is presumed to inhabit mainly lowland forest, and is known to occur in low secondary forest (König and Weick 2008), as well as mangrove forest, settlements, rubber plantations, lightly wooded areas and forest clearings, apparently hawking insects at dusk.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The human population on larger islands in the Andaman group is rising rapidly and habitat is consequently under pressure from agriculture, grazing and logging.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
None are known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Given the small range of this species it requires research and monitoring to assess its conservation needs. As a precaution, protect significant areas of suitable forest, in both strictly protected areas and community-led multiple use areas.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Ninox affinis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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