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(Redirected from Bubo coromandus)
Subspecies K. c. klossii
Photo © by the late Laurence Poh
Perak, Malaysia
Ketupa coromanda

Bubo coromandus


48–53 cm (19-21 in)

  • Greyish overall plumage
  • Round-tipped ear tufts
  • Pale facial disc


Asia: found in Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Bangladesh and China.
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, and Malay Peninsula


Bubo vs. Ketupa

The genus Ketupa as traditionally defined is embedded within the traditional genus Bubo, while genus Scotopelia may be embedded within the Ketupa group of species, or perhaps is sister to this clade. One solution is to move all species to Bubo, which was done by some checklists in the past. Another solution is to move some species from Bubo to Ketupa, which is the solution currently favored by both the IOC and Clements checklists, and here also implemented in The Opus. The current composition of Ketupa can be seen in the genus page Ketupa.


Nominate subspecies
Photo © by Mike Barth
Bharatpur, India, 15 November 2010

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • K. c. coromanda:
  • Pakistan to northern and central India, southern Nepal, Assam and Bangladesh disjunct population in southeastern China (Jiangxi and Zhejiang) perhaps also this subspecies
  • K. c. klossii:


Open woodland usually near water, oil palm plantations, mango and tamarind trees.




It builds a nest from sticks, placed in a tree near water.

Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India, 7 March 2019


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Birdforum Member observations
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2015)

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