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Mottled Wood Owl
40 - 48cm. A large, earless owl with a white facial disk with concentric black barring and splashes of rufous. Mottled crown and white throat-patch. Upperparts grey, mottled and vermiculated with reddish-brown, black, white and buff. Northern subspecies grisecens larger.
South Asia. Mainly in India from Jammu to the Ganges plains, Gujarat and in most of the Peninsula. Formerly also in Pakistan but no recent records. May occur also in Burma, further investigation needed. Locally common.
Three subspecies regognized, grandis in Gujarat, grisecens in the northern part of the distribution area (Pakistan, Rajasthan to Bihar) and ocellata in the south.
Gardens and thin deciduous forests. Likes mango trees, tamarind and banyans.
Nocturnal, roosting in pairs or small groups by day.
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