Buffy Fish Owl

Scientific Name: Ketupa ketupu
Malay Name: Tumbuk-Ketampi Biasa
Chinese Name: 马来渔鸮
Alternative Name(s): Brown Wood Owl

Range:
Southeast Asia to Java and Borneo

Taxonomy:
Polytypic. Subspecies are: ketupu, minor.

Local Subspecies: ketupu

Size: 45.5-47 cm

Identification:
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.

Similar looking species: Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl

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

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External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page ↗
Photos: Oriental Bird Images ↗
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link ↗
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link ↗
eBird Species page: eBird (Buffy Fish-Owl) ↗

References:
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.

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