Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Least Concern

Spotted Wood-owl (Strix seloputo)


French: Chouette des pagodes German: Pagodenkauz Spanish: Cárabo de las pagodas

Strix Selo-puto


, 1821,



In the past, names S. orientalis and S. pagodorum have been used for this species, but both considered invalid. Race wiepkeni previously referred to by the synonym Surnia whiteheadi. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. s. seloputo Horsfield, 1821 – S Myanmar and C Thailand, Cambodia and S Vietnam S to Sumatra (Jambi) and Java#R.
  • S. s. baweana Oberholser, 1917 – Bawean I, off N Java.
  • S. s. wiepkeni (A. W. H. Blasius, 1888) – Calamian Is and Palawan, in W Philippines.
  • Descriptive notes

    44–48 cm; 1011 g (n = 1 male). Rusty facial disc; upperparts dark brown, head and upper neck almost black, lower back russet, entire dorsal surface covered... read more


    Deep and forceful “who”, usually preceded by rolling “huhuhuhuhu”, repeated... read more


    Lowland open forest and forest edge, stands of trees near habitation, orchards, plantations,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mostly small rodents such as rats and mice, small birds and large insects; often takes Eurasian Tree Sparrows (Passer montanus).... read more


    Probably Jan–Jun in Malay Peninsula; young fledglings noted in Mar, Apr, May, Jun and Aug. Nest in tree cavity, 2–18 m up;... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Reports vary; apparently common in Myanmar; uncommon in Thailand, but said to be more or less common in Peninsular Malaysia... read more

    Recommended citation

    Holt, D.W., Berkley, R., Deppe, C., Enríquez Rocha, P., Petersen, J.L., Rangel Salazar, J.L., Segars, K.P., Wood, K.L. & Marks, J.S. (2019). Spotted Wood-owl (Strix seloputo). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 7 December 2019).