Scientific Name: Strix leptogrammica
Malay Name: Carik-Kafan Coklat
Chinese Name: 褐林鸮
Range: Found from the Indian subcontinent to China, mainland Southeast Asia and Indonesia.
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: ticehursti, caligata, laotiana, newarensis, indranee, ochrogenys, maingayi, myrtha, nyctiphasma, niasensis, chaseni, leptogrammica, vaga, bartelsi.
Local Subspecies: maingayi
Size: 47-53 cm
Identification: Distinguished from Spotted Wood Owl by buffy-brown facial disc with dark border around face and eyes, dark-brown mantle, buffy underparts with brownish bars and dark brown breast. Juvenile has mostly whitish-buff body with dark border around eyes.
Similar looking species: Spotted Wood Owl
Habitat: Forest, forest edge or any suitable wooded area.
Behaviour/Ecology: Diet consists of rodents, lizards, large insects and birds.
Local Status: Very rare visitor
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Brown Wood-Owl)
BirdLife International. (2016). Strix leptogrammica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22689071A93217052.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Brown Wood Owl. Retrieved on June 1, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/brown-wood-owl.