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Collared Owlet

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Glaucidium brodiei
Photo by Biju.P.BYotong La,  Bhutan, April, 2015
Photo by Biju.P.B
Yotong La, Bhutan, April, 2015


[edit] Identification

15–17 cm (6-6¾ in) - Smallest Asian owl

  • Large round head
  • Rufous brown or grey body
  • Dark brown bars on back, wings, tail, sides of upper breast
  • White lower breast and belly
  • Dark brown spots on sides
  • Creamy-buff spots on head
  • White throat with a brown bar
  • Buff collar
  • Two orange and black eye spots on back of neck

[edit] Distribution

Asia: found in Afghanistan, China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Taiwan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula, Brunei, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas and Sumatra.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • G. b. brodiei:
  • G. b. pardalotum:
  • G. b. peritum:
  • G. b. borneense:

Two additional subspecies garoense and sylvaticum are not generally recognised[2].

[edit] Habitat

Evergreen montane forests.

[edit] Behaviour

Most active at dusk and night.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes small birds, rodents, large insects and lizards.

[edit] Breeding

It nests in a tree cavity. 4 white eggs are laid and both parents feed the young.

[edit] Vocalisation

Listen in an external program
Recording by Alok Tewari
Recorded early morning
Sat Tal Forest, Alt. 5500 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, 19 October 2018.

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[edit] References

  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
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Birding in Taiwan

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