The Brown Wood Owl (Strix leptogrammica)

… is a resident breeder in south Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to western Indonesia and south China. This species is a part of the family of owls known as typical owls (Strigidae), which contains most species of owl. It belongs to the earless owl genus Strix.

The Brown Wood Owl is medium large (45–57 cm), with upperparts uniformly dark brown, with faint white spotting on the shoulders. The underparts are buff with brown streaking.The sexes are similar. The call is a (hoo) hoo hoo HOO or a deep goke-goke-ga-LOOO or a loud scream. The alarm call is a bark, wow-wow.

It is an uncommon resident bird of dense forests. This species is very nocturnal but it can often be located by the small birds that mob it while it is roosting in a tree. It feeds mainly on small mammals birds and reptiles. It nests in a hole in a tree or on a forked trunk, laying two eggs…

(read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_Wood_Owl)

(photos: T - Tanaka Juuyoh; BL - Simon J. Tonge; BR - Stijn Cooleman) http://eol.org/pages/1178287/media

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