The Sulawesi Golden Owl (Tyto inexspectata) is an endemic barn owl living on Sulawesi, Indonesia. The own is also called Minahassa Masked Owl or Minahassa Barn Owl after the Minahassa Peninsula, where it was first described as a breeding bird; however, it is also known to live in north-central Sulawesi.
The Sulawesi Golden Owl has short wings with wingspan of 240 "? 250 mm well suited to its habitat in deep forests. It appears to prefer undisturbed or lightly disturbed rainforest at an altitude of 100 "? 1,600 m. As the primary lowland forests on the Minahasa peninsula has been destroyed, the survival of the species depends on the more inaccessible montane forests. The species is known to inhabit the two large protected regions (Bogani Nani Wartabone and Lore Lindu National Parks) established in central Sulawesi and Minahassa Peninsula. The remaining population is estimated to be 2,500 "? 10,000.