The Cinnabar Boobook is small (total length 22 cm) and has a relatively long tail and narrow pointed wings. The known four records of the species indicate it is a nocturnal forest dwelling species living at mid-altitudes (1,100 – 1,700 m). Otherwise very little is known of its habits. Based on morphological similarities with owlet-nightjars, Rasmussen suggests Cinnabar Hawk Owl may be an insectivore and prey on invertebrates in flight.
Database entry includes justification for why this species is vulnerable.
P.C. Rasmussen: , Wilson Bulletin, 111(4), 1999, pp. 457-464.