Brown Wood Owl

Scientific Name: Strix leptogrammica
Malay Name: Carik-Kafan Coklat
Chinese Name: 褐林鸮

Found from the Indian subcontinent to China, mainland Southeast Asia and Indonesia.

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.

Ecology/Behaviour: Diet consists of rodents, lizards, large insects and birds.

Local Status: Very rare resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Sighted near Bukit Batok Nature Park in 2010. Successful nesting by a pair with juvenile was observed at Pulau Ubin (within the Outward Bound School compound) in 2011.


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

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia