J. F. Gmelin, 1788,
When placed in Bubo, present species considered by some authors as being very close to, or even conspecific with, B. blakistoni (see latter species). Recent molecular phylogeny suggested that B. blakistoni is sister to K. ketupu, with these two species sister to K. flavipes and present species#R. In another molecular study, form semenowi found to differ to same extent (c. 2%) from both K. ketupu and other races of present species#R. Contrary to recent claims#R, correct spelling of Indian race is leschenaulti#R, though frequently misspelt as leschenault or leschenaultii. Four subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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