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Spotted Owlet

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Subspecies  A. b. indica , PairPhoto © by Alok TewariKeoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India, March-2016
Subspecies A. b. indica , Pair
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India, March-2016
Athene brama

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[edit] Identification

Nominate subspeciesPhoto © by drkishoreMarkapur, Andhra Pradesh, Southern India, February-2017
Nominate subspecies
Photo © by drkishore
Markapur, Andhra Pradesh, Southern India, February-2017

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

[edit] Similar species

Forest Owlet with more white in tail, and Little Owl with longitudinal streaks on both underside and crown; both are larger than Spotted Owlet.

[edit] Distribution

Asia from Southern Iran, India to Southeast Asia.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Subspecies A. b. albida, JuvenilePhoto © by Seyed Babak MusMinab town, Iran, Spring 2004
Subspecies A. b. albida, Juvenile
Photo © by Seyed Babak Mus
Minab town, Iran, Spring 2004

There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • A. b. albida:
  • A. b. indica:
  • Northern and central peninsula India
  • A. b. brama:
  • A. b. pulchra:

[edit] Habitat

Subspecies A.b. pulchraPhoto © by kctsangThailand, October 2018
Subspecies A.b. pulchra
Photo © by kctsang
Thailand, October 2018

Around human habitation and in light forests. Ruins, mango topes and ancient trees. Lowland Rainforest

[edit] Behaviour

This small owl is often heard during the day and can sometimes be seen hunting early in the morning and later in the afternoon.

[edit] Breeding

They nest in a tree hole or building. Their clutch contains 3-5 eggs.

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of small insects and vertebrates, also small mammals such as mice, geckos, shrews and roosting birds.

[edit] Vocalisation


Listen in an external program
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.

Listen in an external program
Recording by Alok Tewari
Outside Sultanpur National Park, Gurgaon, Haryana, India, May-2017

[edit] Gallery

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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. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Nationmaster
  3. BF Member observations
  4. König, C. and F. Weick 2008. Owls of the World, second edition. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 978-0-7136-6548-2
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2018)

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