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Indian Scops Owl
Otus bakkomoena
Indian Scops Owl - Otus bakkomoena    Indian Scops Owl - Otus bakkomoena
Indian Scops Owl - Otus bakkomoena
Indian Scops Owl - Otus bakkomoena
As of February 2005.
Description Small to medium sized owl, with distinctive ear tufts. Upper-parts light sandy brown marked with black and buff, under-parts grey (gray) or rufous buff, with darker arrowhead streaks and fine vermiculations. Distinct pale collar, and dark eyes.
Size 19-23cm, 125-150g
Range Indian sub-continent, 1 record from Oman.
Habitat Forests, gardens, orchards.
Food Predominately insects, sometimes rodents, lizards and birds.
Breeding 3-5 eggs laid from December- May, normally on a tree hollow. Incubation 26 days.
Call A regularly spaced, questioning “what”, almost frog-like.
Status Widespread and locally common.
Comments None at this time.
Races Previously included with O.lempiji and O.lettia as one species.
O.b.bakkamoena S. India and Sri Lanka
O.b.marathae C. India to SW Bengal
O.b.gangeticus NW India
O.b.plumipes W. Himalayas from N Pakistan to Nepal
O.b.deserticolor S. Pakistan and possibly Oman
O.s.pulchellus Caucasus to Tien Shan
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