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Philippine Eagle-Owl - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Romy Ocon
Montalban, Rizal, Luzon Island, Philippines, 8 May, 2004
Ketupa philippensis

Bubo philippensis


41cm and it has a wingspan of about 120cm.




Bubo vs. Ketupa

The genus Ketupa as traditionally defined is embedded within the traditional genus Bubo, while genus Scotopelia may be embedded within the Ketupa group of species, or perhaps is sister to this clade. One solution is to move all species to Bubo, which was done by some checklists in the past. Another solution is to move some species from Bubo to Ketupa, which is the solution currently favored by both the IOC and Clements checklists, and here also implemented in The Opus. The current composition of Ketupa can be seen in the genus page Ketupa.

The Philippine Eagle Owl, Ketupa philippensis is an endangered and rare bird species belonging to the Strigidae family.


There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • K. p. philippensis:
  • K. p. mindanensis:
  • South Philippines (Mindanao, Samar, Leyte and Bohol)


Lakes in lowland jungles.



The feed on mammals and birds.


  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/

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