Barred Eagle-Owl

Scientific Name: Bubo sumatranus
Malay Name: Burung-Hantu Bertanduk Belang Melayu
Chinese Name: 马来雕鸮

Found from Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra, Java and Borneo.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: sumatranus, strepitans, tenuifasciatus.

Local Subspecies: sumatranus

Size: 45.5-46.5 cm

Adult has brown-and-buff bars on its upperparts, blackish-and-whitish bars on its underparts, dark eyes and very distinctive outward facing ear tufts. Head and body of juvenile whitish with narrower bars.

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, secondary growth and plantation.

Behaviour/Ecology: Diet includes grasshoppers, beetles, rodents, birds and snakes. Had been observed to prey on Long-tailed Macaque.

Local Status: Rare resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Central Catchment Forest and Pulau Ubin.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Bubo sumatranus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.