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Photo by Shantilal Varu
Chaffi, Utrakhand, India, October 2014
Ketupa flavipes


48–55 cm

  • Orange-rufous facial disc
  • Buff underparts with heavy dark streaks
  • Prominent ear tufts
  • Yellow eyes


Bangladesh, Bhutan, Laos, Vietnam, Pakistan, India, Nepal, China, and Taiwan, to Myanmar and south-east Asia.


This is a monotypic species[1].

It has previously been assigned to the genus Bubo.


Temperate forests, wooded ravines, banks of streams and pools in broad-leafed forests.


The diet consists mostly of fish and shellfish; supplemented with small rodents such as mice, moles,voles and rats. Also lizards, beetles and fairly large birds like partridge are also taken.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2014)

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