probably Manila, Philippines.
Traditionally considered to belong to species-group centred on O. bakkamoena (which see). Formerly treated as conspecific with O. bakkamoena, but shown to be vocally distinct. Until recently was considered conspecific with O. nigrorum and O. everetti#R. O. nigrorum differs from present species in smaller size (male wing 134.7 mm, range 132–139 mm, vs 175 mm, range 165–187 mm in megalotis) and having (3); white vs greyish or buffy underparts (3); tawny-rufous vs brown crown and upper facial disc, or (cf. rufous morph of megalotis) both taxa with tawny-rufous crown and facial disc but present species with white lower facial disc, forehead and ear-tufts (at least 2); no scapular line (2); feathering not covering upper foot—here treated as a mensural character, so score allowed (2). O. everetti differs from present species in lacking scapular line (2), lacking feathering on upper foot (2), and having much smaller feet (3). Proposed form whiteheadi is a synonym. Monotypic.
Luzon, Marinduque and Catanduanes, in N Philippines.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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