Members of the genus Strix are the wood owls. They are medium to large owls, having a large, rounded head and no ear-tufts. The comparatively large eyes range from yellow through to dark brown. Colouring is generally designed fro camouflage in woodland, and a number of the member of this genus have colour phases. There are 20 species scattered practically throughout the globe with the exception of Australasia, the South Pacific and Madagascar, where the genus Ninox takes its place. There being no clear generic differences between Strix and Ciccaba genera, and DNA evidence suggesting very close relationships, many authorities now merge the latter into the former.
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Video Rusty-barred Owl
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The Rusty-barred Owl is one of only two members of the Strix family found only in South America. It is, like the other purely South American member of the genus, the Rufous-thighed Owl (Strix rufipes), a very elusive character, probably quite scarce, certainly little studied. Most details of its lifestyle and niche are obscure and it is thought likely that, when sufficient detail is known, these two smallish owls (about 350mm in length) may eventually be removed from the Strix genus and reclassified in a genus of their own.