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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Indian Scops Owl

Ranthambore - Jan 2012
Bharatpur - Jan 2012

The Indian Scops Owl (Otus bakkamoena) is a resident species of owl found in south Asia from eastern Arabiathrough India, except the far north, and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia. This species formerly included what has been split out as the Collared Scops Owl (Otus lettia). The species epithet is derived from "bakamuna", the Sinhalesename for the White Barn Owl (Tyto alba), and the Brown Fish Owl (Ketupa zeylonensis).[2]

The Indian Scops Owl is a common resident bird in forests and other well-wooded areas. It nests in a hole in a tree, laying 3–5 eggs

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