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Nominate subspecies sumatrana
Photo © by the late Laurence Poh
Pondok Tanjung, Perak, Malaysia, 7 January 2004
Ketupa sumatrana

Bubo sumatranus


Juvenile, nominate subspecies
Photo © by jweeyh
Singapore, 7 April 2021

40-46 cm (15¾-18 in)

  • Face pale
  • Ear tufts very noticeable, outward facing
  • Belly whitish, barred
  • Back dark with reddish brown bars
  • Eyes brown
  • Beak and feet yellow


Southeast Asia: found in Indochina, Myanmar, Thailand, Malay Peninsula, Singapore, Brunei, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sundas, Bali


This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of 2 subspecies.


  • K. s. sumatrana:
  • K. s. strepitans:

An additional subspecies, tenuifasciatus, is not recognised by all authorities[2]


Tropical rainforests and plantations.



The diet includes grasshoppers, beetles, small rodents, birds, and snakes.


They nest in a tree cavity. A single egg is laid.


The call is a low-pitched hoo.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Lepage D. (2021) [Avibase - https://avibase.ca/D84BD94B ]. Retrieved 9 April 2021
  3. Wikipedia
  4. jrank.org
  5. Answers.com

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