Barred Eagle-Owl

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Scientific Name: Ketupa sumatrana

Malay Name: Burung-Hantu Bertanduk Belang Melayu

Chinese Name: 马来雕鸮

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

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: sumatrana, strepitans, tenuifasciata.

Local Subspecies: sumatrana

Size: 45.5-46.5 cm

Identification: 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: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2022)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.


BirdLife International. (2022). Bubo sumatranus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2022. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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