- Athene brama
19–21 cm (7½-8¼ in)
- Grey-brown upperparts, heavily spotted with white
- Underparts are white, barred brown
- Pale facial disc
- Yellow eyes
- White neckband
- Relatively short tail
Sexes are similar
There are 4 subspecies:
- A. b. albida:
- A. b. indica:
- Northern and central peninsula India
- A. b. brama:
- Southern India
- A. b. pulchra:
Around human habitation and in light forests. Ruins, mango topes and ancient trees. Lowland Rainforest
This small owl is often heard during the day and can sometimes be seen hunting early in the morning and later in the afternoon.
They nest in a tree hole or building. Their clutch contains 3-5 eggs.
Their main diet consists of small insects and vertebrates, also small mammals such as mice, geckos, shrews and roosting birds.
Recording © by Alok Tewari
Delhi, India, Nov.-2016
Call given by a pair at 12.40 am, mid-night hour.
The recording below is of the day-time communication calls between a pair, one individual sitting near and other a little distance away.
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- 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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- BirdForum Member observations
- König, C. and F. Weick 2008. Owls of the World, second edition. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 978-0-7136-6548-2
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2018)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Spotted Owlet. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 30 July 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Spotted_Owlet