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The Buffy or Malay Fish Owl

Ketupa ketupu


Upperparts are rich brown, while the feathers of the back and mantle are blackish-brown, broadly margined with buff and with pale rufous or whitish spots near the tips. The head and neck are the same as the upperparts but the feather tips don't have the spots. the forehead and eyebrows are white, and the distinctive ear-tufts are sideward directed and very tousled. Eyes are yellow, with the eyelids rimmed black. The bill is black or greyish-black.


Common in forested areas near water, often close to human habitations. Also found in mangrove forest and other coastal areas with woods and bushes. Found from sea level to 1600m.


Captured in Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand. On the main(only road into and out of the park. At the edge of an elephant wallow/pond at 6:00am. The Fish Owl catches fish, frogs in the pond. As this pond was at the edge of the road and the owl was at the edge of the pond, I took the picture from my guides pickup truck.

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Christy Chow
Christy Chow 7 years ago


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จังหวัดเพชรบุรี, Thailand

Spotted on Mar 13, 2013
Submitted on Jul 22, 2014

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