Brown Wood Owl

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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

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 resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Past accepted records in our database:

BirdLife International. (2016). Strix leptogrammica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.