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Spotted Owlets

Athene Brama


The Spotted Owlet is small (21 cm) and stocky. The upper parts 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. Males & females are similar. The flight is deeply undulating. The nominate form is darker than the paler forms such as indica of drier regions. 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. It hunts a variety of insects and small vertebrates.


The Spotted Owlet breeds in tropical Asia from India to Southeast Asia. A common resident of open habitats including farmland and human habitation, it has adapted to living in cities. They roost in small groups in the hollows of trees or in cavities in rocks or buildings. It nests in a hole in a tree or building, laying 3-5 eggs.


These 5 owlets were spotted in a tree hole in Kanha National Park during evening safari. They are a family of 8 owls of which 5 were sitting in hole and two were on the outer branches. Indeed, they were the attraction of the day.

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39 Comments (1–25)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 10 years ago

A family portrait. Beautiful!

cheryl v2.0
cheryl v2.0 11 years ago

That's just too dang cute.

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 11 years ago

Oh wow.... so lovely !!! Great photographs...I like it a lots !!!

EvelynWilson 11 years ago

Stunning! Great spot.

marti.arch 11 years ago

Unique shot, great!

Elsa 11 years ago

Oh my days, so cute! I LOVE owls..

Mohit 11 years ago

Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments. :)

@batex: You came up with an awesome poem. Cool. :D

batex 11 years ago

Cute! 5 little owlets, lined up in a row.
1 said: I've grown up! I'm hungry, lets go!
2 said: we're not allowed, mama said no.
3 said: stop you guys, here she comes now!
4 said: she's got some food! Everyone be loud!
5 said: hey, we made a poem! Everybody take a bow.
The end.

SheaEckert 11 years ago

As a woman, I feel my motherly instincts kicking in, and all I want to do is protect these babies!

Dina 11 years ago


MayraSpringmann 11 years ago

Wow! Lovely! Great capture!

GauravPrakash 11 years ago

Lovely Pentlet group of Owl kids.

VincentVanur 11 years ago

Congrats, Mohit. This is a great spotting.

StephenSolomons 11 years ago

it has all the elements, cute and nice spotting!

These owlets are so cute! Great spot and beautiful photo Mohit!

Braulio Rivas Tapia
Braulio Rivas Tapia 11 years ago

U should put it on the mission: Birds of the World!

ChimeTsetan 11 years ago

great shot Mitu.. :) i think the one which atul found sitting at the same hole was its mother or father. :)

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 11 years ago

Very Sweet!

Jeannette 11 years ago

Very cute :)

Mohit 11 years ago

Thank you everyone. :)

Pino 11 years ago

Awe! beautiful cuties !

ChristyHolland 11 years ago

So sweet!! Wonderful capture!!

EmilyMarino 11 years ago


patty 11 years ago

You spotted incredibly delightful spotted owlets! This is SO MAJORLY CUTE! Thank you for sharing it! It must be a beautiful sight to keep in mind =).

Kellyspubvista 11 years ago

OMG! Sooo Cute! Great eye and shot.

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Madhya Pradesh, India

Spotted on Jan 27, 2012
Submitted on Jan 21, 2013

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