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ECUADOR 2006

My last visit to Ecuador was more than six years ago, at which time no-one knew about the San Isidro Mystery Owl. Since then a pair of these enigmatic owls has taken up residence at the Cabanas San Isidro (6,600 feet), where they can be seen most evenings quite close to the lodge or the cabins. They are very like Black-banded Owl - a species known only from the Amazonian lowlands - and may prove to be some form or subspecies of that taxon, however the pale barring on the underparts is slightly broader (thus in-between Black-banded and Black-and-white Owls, but closer to the former) and there is no white on the upperwing coverts... until more birds are located, this is likely to remain a mystery...: