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Andaman Masked Owl - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Dave Irving
Andaman Islands, February 2015
Tyto deroepstorffi


30-36cm (11¾-14¼ in)

  • Dark brown upperparts
  • Reddish-cream breast with dark spots
  • Well defined facial disc rim
  • Blackish-brown eyes
  • Pale bill


Endemic to the Andaman Islands, India.


This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly included in Barn Owl.


They live in a variety of open habitats, from the coast, to open woodlands, fields and around human settlements.


A nocturnal hunter. Their diet is not well recorded, but probably similar to Barn Owl, such as rats and mice.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Owlpages.com

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