A very large, extremely poorly known barn-owl species confined to the island of Manus. The pale buff heart-shaped face is surrounded by a broad black border. The underside is buffy with scattered spots. Much darker above, with a patchwork of black and rusty brown areas and pale spots, including on the nape and crown. Assumed to be a forest owl, perhaps restricted to higher elevations. Few photos exist, and the vocalizations remain unconfirmed. Unmistakable: the only barn-owl on Manus.