Tyto pollens Wetmore, 1937:436

Andros Island barn owl, Bahamian barn owl, Bahamian great owl, Chickcharney/Chickcharnie (cryptid)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Tyto riveroi Arredondo, 1972:131


According to (Suárez & Olson, 2015) [i]T. riveroi[/i] is a synonym of this species.


Conservation Status

Last record: Holocene (1500's?)



Little Exuma and New Providence, Bahamas & Cuba (as [i]T. riveroi[/i])


Biology & Ecology




MCZ 2262 and 2263

USNM 283287 and 283288

PB 9077

UF 3195 to 3199, 25646 to 25647, and 25656






Original scientific description:

Wetmore, Alexander. (1937). Bird remains from cave deposits on Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard College 80(12): 427-441.


Other references:

Arredondo, Oscar. (1972). Especie Nueva de Lechuza Gigante (Strigiformes: Tytonidae) del Pleistoceno Cubano. Boletin de la Sociedad Venezolana Ciencias Naturales 30: 129-140.

Arredondo, Oscar. (1982). Los Strigiformes fosiles del Pleistoceno Cubano. Boletín de la Sociedad Venezolana de Ciencias Naturales 37: 33-55.

Brodkorb, Pierce. (1959). Pleistocene Birds from New Providence Island, Bahamas. Bulletin of the Florida State Museum, Biological Sciences 4(11): 349-371.

Marcot, Bruce G. (1995). Owls of old forests of the world. General Technical Reports. Portland, Oregon: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.

Olson, Storrs L. and Hilgartner, William B. (1982). Fossil and Subfossil Birds from the Bahamas, pp. 22-56. In: Olson, Storrs L. (ed). Fossil vertebrates from the Bahamas. Smithsonian Contributions to Palaeobiology, No. 48: 1-68.

Orihuela, Johanset. (2019). An annotated list of late Quaternary extinct birds of Cuba. Ornitología Neotropical 30: 57-67.

Oswald, Jessica A. and Steadman, David W. (2018). The late Quaternary bird community of New Providence, Bahamas. The Auk 135(2): 359-377. [Abstract]

Suárez, William and Olson, Storrs L. (2015). Systematics and distribution of the giant fossil barn owls of the West Indies (Aves: Strigiformes: Tytonidae). Zootaxa 4020(3): 533-553.

Steadman, David W. and Franklin, Janet. (2020). Bird populations and species lost to Late Quaternary environmental change and human impact in the Bahamas. PNAS. doi/10.1073/pnas.2013368117 [Supplementary Information]

Wetmore, Alexander. (1937). Bird Remains from Cave Deposits on Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College 80(12): 427-441.



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