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27 - 33cm. A medium sized owl which resembles a hawk with its long tail and wings. Face dark with a small white patch between the yellow eyes. Plumage dark brown, barred tail, buffish-white to uniform dark belly, according to subspecies. Sexes similar, but male smaller than female.
Was formerly considerd conspecific with Brown Hawk-Owl.
Two subspecies recognized:
Forest. Wide variety of different forest types troughout range (e.g. rainforest, deciduous, evergreen, coniferous forest, even plantations, parks and suburbs.
Nocturnal. Roosts by day singly or in pairs in thick canopy.
Feeds mainly on insects (dragonflies, moths), catched in the air. Takes also crabs, lizards, amphibians, small birds, small mammals (including bats). Hunts in clearings, forest egdes or cultivated area.
Nests in a tree hole. Lays 2 - 5 eggs.
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