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Oriental Bay Owl
Phodilus badius
Oriental Bay Owl - Phodilus badius   Oriental Bay Owl - Phodilus badius
Oriental Bay Owl - Phodilus badius
As of February 2005.
Description Small to medium sized with distinctive angular facial disk and dark vertical facial markings. Generally pale buff or light chestnut brown with dark flecks underneath, dark chestnut brown above spotted with black and yellow. Shorter more rounded wings than the Barn Owl.
Size 23-33cm, 255-308g
Range SE Asia; from NE India across to SE China & Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Malay peninsula, Sri Lanka, SW India, Greater Sundas.
Habitat Woodland, plantations, mangrove, up to 2200m.
Food Small mammals, small birds, reptiles, frogs, insects.
Breeding Breeds at different times depending on area. Nest in hollow tree or stump. 3-5 eggs.
Call Variety of calls including whistles, hoots, wails and screams.
Status Not considered globally threatened, although has low population densities throughout much of its range, except possibly S Malaysia.
Comments Because of its nocturnal habits, and low numbers, little is known about this owl in the wild.
Races Clarification of races required.
P.b.badius E & C Myanmar to Malay Peninsula, S Thailand, Sumatra, Java, Borneo
P.b.saturatus NW India, Nepal, to Vietnam & Cambodia
P.b.assimilis Sri Lanka
P.b.ripleyi SW India
P.b.parvus Belitung Island, off SE Sumatra
P.b.arixuthus Natuna Islands
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