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Malay Fish Owl
Bubo (ketupa) ketupa
Malay Fish Owl - Bubo ketupa
Malay Fish Owl - Bubo ketupa
As of February 2005.
Description Medium to large, eared owl, generally buff, streaked with dark brown above, warm buff streaked with dark brown below.
Size 38-48cm, 1000-2100g
Range S Myanmar south to Thailand and Annam, Malay Peninsular, Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Bali and some adjacent islands.
Habitat Woody areas near water, also mangrove forest, coastal areas and also paddy fields often near human habitation.
Food Fish, amphibians, invertebrates also reptiles, rats and mice also carrion.
Breeding Mainly February-April, often on top of bird's nest ferns or mossy forks in trees. Normally 1 egg, which is incubated for 29 days. The young fledge at about 45 days.
Call Loud rattling “kutook, kutook” also a ringing “pof pof pof”.
Status Not globally threatened, but status is poorly known in some areas.
Comments Also known as the Malay Fish Owl.
Races Latest DNA analysis indicates that the Fish Owls are just specialised Eagle Owls.
B.k.ketupa Malay Peninsula and Indonesian Islands
B.k.aagaardi S Myanmar south and east peninsular Thailand
B.k.pageli East coast of Sarawak, N Borneo
B.k.minor Nias Island off the West coast of Sumatra
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