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Philippine Grass Owl

Tyto longimembris


The Philippine Grass Owl or eastern grass owl is a medium-sized owl, similar in size to the barn owl. Adult males measure 32 to 38 cm (13 to 15 in) in length, while the larger female can measure from 35 to 42 cm (14 to 17 in). The wingspan is from 100 to 116 cm (39 to 46 in). The female weighs 460 g (16 oz) while the male weighs 400 g (14 oz).[4][5][6] They have dark brown or tan upper parts with pale spots. They have black and tan bars on its wings and a very pale beak, feathered legs, and dark brown eyes. Like all tyto owls, it has a heart-shaped facial disk with brown buff and a white bordering.


Usually found on an open grassy plains where it builds its nest or hilly open terrains.


@ KathleenMcEachern ,These owls are one those inhabitants of a protected wildlife sanctuary of Pueblo de Panay . PdP is a mixed use ( Residential/commercial/industrial/eco-tourism) newly developed modern community in Roxas City, Panay island, Central Philippines. My current project is located on a grassy hill 360 ft above sea level and these pair of owl lives within the immediate vicinity of our project site. For about three years now, they've been used to seeing us that they sometimes hang out so close to us. Fortunately the management of the community includes the area as part of the wildlife reserve and the numbers these birds start to increase since then.

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Very nice! Could you tell us a little about where you actually saw this owl? your personal experience to get this spotting?

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 8 years ago

Great shot!!

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

PieterColpaert 8 years ago

Amazing animals and a beautiful picture.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 8 years ago

awesome spotting......

Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Spotted on May 2, 2014
Submitted on Jul 17, 2014

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