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15â€“17 cm (6-6Â¾ in) - Smallest Asian owl
Asia: found in Afghanistan, China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Taiwan
There are 4 subspecies:
Two additional subspecies garoense and sylvaticum are not generally recognised.
Evergreen montane forests.
Most active at dusk and night.
The diet includes small birds, rodents, large insects and lizards.
It nests in a tree cavity. 4 white eggs are laid and both parents feed the young.
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Recording by Alok Tewari
Recorded early morning
Sat Tal Forest, Alt. 5500 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, 19 October 2018.
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