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Brown Wood Owl

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Subspecies maingayiPhoto by the late Laurence PohTemenggor Forest in North Perak, Malaysia, August 2003
Subspecies maingayi
Photo by the late Laurence Poh
Temenggor Forest in North Perak, Malaysia, August 2003
Strix leptogrammica

Includes Bartels's Wood-Owl; Himalayan Wood-Owl


[edit] Identification

Juvenile, subspecies maingayiPhoto by darwin1601Fraser's Hill, Malaysia
Juvenile, subspecies maingayi
Photo by darwin1601
Fraser's Hill, Malaysia

39–55 cm (15¼-21½ in)

  • Dark brown upperparts
  • White spotted shoulders
  • Buff, brown-streaked underparts
  • White or whitish facial disc with brown or rufous rim
  • Dark brown iris
  • White neckband

Sexes similar

[edit] Distribution

Asia: found in China, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Taiwan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula, Brunei, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 14 subspecies[1]:

[edit] Habitat

Dense lowland primary rainforest (broad-leaved and evergreen) and forest edges, up to 2,590m. Avoids human habitated areas.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet includes small mammals, especially rodents; also reptiles, grasshoppers and birds. A bird in Java is known to have eaten a bat.

[edit] Breeding

They nest in a tree cavity. The clutch consists of 2 eggs.

[edit] Vocalisation

They make a very low purring sound. Call is 3-4 short hoots.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Feb 2018)
  4. Wikipedia
  5. BF Member observations

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