Sceloglaux albifacies


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Sceloglaux albifacies
Species Authority: (Gray, 1844)
Common Name(s):
English Laughing Owl
Spanish Lechuzón Cariblanco, Nínox Reidor

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Symes, A. & Butchart, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Brooks, T., Khwaja, N. & Mahood, S.
This species was found in New Zealand, but it is now Extinct, probably as a result of habitat conversion. The last confirmed record was of the nominate subspecies, in 1914.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Sceloglaux albifacies was endemic to New Zealand with the nominate race on the South and Stewart Islands (with bones known from the Chatham Islands) and the subspecies rufifacies on the North Island. Birds were not uncommon until the first half of the 19th century, but were becoming rare by the 1840s. The last specimens of rufifacies were collected in 1889, with unconfirmed reports until the 1930s, and of albifacies, in 1914, with unconfirmed reports until the 1960s (Williams and Harrison 1972, Tennyson and Martinson 2006).

Regionally extinct:
New Zealand
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species roosted and nested among rocks in open country and on forest edge (Williams and Harrison 1972).

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Causes of the species's extinction are obscure, possibly habitat modification through grazing or burning, or predation by introduced mammals (Williams and Harrison 1972).

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