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Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae


Oraristrix brea (Howard 1933)—Brea OwlPleistocene regional distribution of Oraristrix brea

Synonyms. Strix brea (Howard 1933).

This species was described from Rancho La Brea (Howard 1933). Presence in Dry Cave, NM, was reported tentatively by Hurley (1972). However, the proximal portion of the specimen has since been recognized, and the specimen represents Bubo virginianus.

The species was placed in a new genus by Campbell and Bocheński (2010) and interpreted as being more terrestrial than forest owls. They also investigated the record from La Brisca and determined that it did not represent this taxon.


Rancholabrean: Sierra El Rosario (White et al. 2010).

Sangamon: La Brisca (Van Devender et al. 1985). Withdrawn.

Wisconsin: Carpinteria (Campbell and Bocheński 2010).

Mid/Late Wisconsin: Rancho La Brea (Campbell and Bocheński 2010).

Mid Wisconsin: Térapa (Steadman and Mead 2010).

Literature. Campbell and Bocheński 2010; Guthrie 2009; Howard 1933; Hurley 1972; Steadman and Mead 2010; Van Devender et al. 1985.


Last Update: 27 Dec 2013