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Buffy Fish Owl

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Photo by chrisliSingapore, March 2010
Photo by chrisli
Singapore, March 2010
Ketupa ketupu


[edit] Identification

38–44 cm (15-17ΒΌ in); the smallest fish owl

  • Finely streaked, buffy undersides
  • Dark brown barred upper parts
  • Prominent white patch on forehead above bill
  • Bright yellow iris
  • Prominent ear-tufts

[edit] Distribution

JuvenilePhoto by jweeyhSingapore, April 2016
Photo by jweeyh
Singapore, April 2016

Asia and Australasia
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula, Brunei, Singapore, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sundas, Bali
Australasia: Cocos (Keeling) Island

[edit] Taxonomy

Formerly placed in the genus Bubo.

[edit] Subspecies

There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • K. k. aagaardi:
  • K. k. ketupu:
  • K. k. minor:
  • Nias Island (off north-western Sumatra)
  • K. k. pageli:

[edit] Habitat

Subspecies ketupuPhoto © by darwin1601Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia, November 2018
Subspecies ketupu
Photo © by darwin1601
Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia, November 2018

Forested rivers, streams and lakes also trees bordering fishponds and rice fields.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet consists mostly of fish, other aquatic life, small mammals, rats and mice, and birds.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Nature Watch, Singapore
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2016)

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