Cebu hawk owl
Cebu boobook
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Ninox
N. rumseyi
Binomial name
Ninox rumseyi

Rasmussen et al., 2012

The Cebu hawk-owl or Cebu boobook (Ninox rumseyi) is a species of owl in the family Strigidae. It is endemic to the Philippines. It was formerly considered a subspecies of the Philippine hawk-owl, but was reclassified in 2012, as voice and other data suggested placement as a distinct species.


The Cebu hawk-owl is an earless species. Males and females are similar in appearance.


The Cebu hawk-owl can be found in forest areas up to an elevation 1800 metres, although they mostly reside in areas below 1000 metres above sea level. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest. This species mates around February. The nests can be found in hollow trees.