Scientific Name: Ketupa ketupu
Malay Name: Tumbuk-Ketampi Biasa
Chinese Name: 马来渔鸮
Alternative Name(s): Brown Wood Owl
Southeast Asia to Java and Borneo
Polytypic. Subspecies are: ketupu, pageli, minor.
Local Subspecies: ketupu
Size: 45.5-47 cm
A medium-sized owl with buff facial disc, striking white eyebrows and yellow eyes. Distinct ear tufts. Upperparts are buff based, streaked with darker feathers and have pale rufous edges. Underparts have a buff background with thin, dark streaks. Legs are unfeathered and vary from grey to blackish.
Habitat: Most areas in close proximity to waterways including coastal areas. Can be found in urban canals with large fish.
Behaviour/Ecology: Normally solitary. Most active at dawn and dusk where it can be seen next to waterbodies where it fishes.
Local Status: Uncommon resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Any site with suitable habitat. Recorded in Sungei Buloh, Upper Seletar Reservoir Park, Ulu Pandan Park Connector, Pasir Ris Mangroves
BirdLife International. (2016). Ketupa ketupu. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22689024A93214791.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.