French: Chouette ocellée German: Mangokauz Spanish: Cárabo ocelado
Race grisescens intergrades with nominate ocellata in N India. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
S. o. grisescens
Koelz, 1950 – from base of Himalayas in NW India S to about Rajasthan, and E to Bihar#R#R.
S. o. grandis
Koelz, 1950 – S Gujarat (Saurashtra Peninsula), in W India.
S. o. ocellata
(Lesson, 1839) – peninsular India; single record from W Myanmar considered dubious#R.
41–48 cm; no data on body mass. Facial disc white with concentric black barring, and some rufous-orange mottling; upperparts grey, mottled and vermiculated with reddish... read more
Main breeding-season vocalization described as quavering “chuhuawaarrrr”; during other... read more
Wooded plains and lowland hills, open woodlands, clumps of mango trees, tamarind and banyan groves... read more
Food and feeding
Rats, mice and other rodents, and small birds up to size of Rock Dove (Columba livia); also crabs, lizards, and large insects such... read more
Lays Nov–Apr, Feb–Mar in N; in WC India, earliest nesting observed was 10 Feb, latest young fledged 20 May. Nest usually in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Uncommon in India; no recent records from Pakistan, where extremely rare or possibly even extinct. Status in Myanmar... read more
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