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Spotted Owlet

Athene brama


My other spotting of the same bird from a different area: The Spotted Owlet is small and stocky. The upperparts are grey-brown, heavily spotted with white. The underparts are white, streaked with brown. The facial disc is pale and the iris is yellow. There is a white neckband and supercilium. Sexes are similar.


Seen at Madhav National Park.


This species is nocturnal but is sometimes seen in the day. When disturbed from their daytime site, they bob their head and stare at intruders. Courtship behaviour includes bill grasping, allopreening and ritual feeding. The female may call with the male, bob head and deflect its tail in invitation. These birds being very familiar to humans especially with their loud calling have been associated with bad omens. The species name brama is from the French name Chouette brame and indirectly refers to this owl's Indian habitat by way of homage to Brahma, the Hindu supreme spirit. In Hindu mythology the owl is a vahan (mode of transport) of Lakshmi, goddess of wealth.

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Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Thanks Christy!

ChristyHolland 6 years ago

Wonderful spotting!! So cute!

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Thank you Karen and Atul!

Atul 6 years ago

superb spotting!

KarenL 6 years ago

Lovely photo Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Thanks matimar1 and Sachin! Sachin, it was probably disturbed by our presence.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago

very nice pose,

Shivpuri, India

Lat: 25.37, Long: 77.81

Spotted on Jun 5, 2012
Submitted on Jun 12, 2012


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