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mottled wood owl - the pictures name is wrong

Strix ocellata


This large owl lacks ear tufts and is mottled and vermiculated in reddish brown and white. The face disc is marked with fine concentric black and white barring. The sexes are alike. The chin is white. The eyelid is orange and the iris is dark brown.The tail is barred narrowly in brown and black.


The Mottled Wood Owl is a species of large owl found in India. They are found in gardens and deciduous forests adjacent to dry thorn forests or farmland. They are easily detected by their distinctive tremulous eerie calls at dawn and dusk.


It is found in groups of 5.they also nest in the same tree the individual was born.

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Mysuru, India

Spotted on May 5, 2011
Submitted on Aug 15, 2012

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