Species Details

@Misbah Mishu,Bangladesh;

Spotted Owlet Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Athene brama
Family : Strigidae
Order : Strigiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Villages
Description : The Spotted Owlet is a nocturnal bird with a spotted brownish body (adult bird length approximately 20 cm, weight 115 g, wing 16 cm, bill 2 cm, tarsus 3 cm, tail 8 cm). From above it looks greyish-brown with longitudinal rows of white spots. From below it looks dull white with brown spots. It feeds on flying insects, lizards, mice and small birds. It breeds in November-April. The common resident owl is typically found in open habitats, such as farmland and human settlements, and has successfully adapted to city life. It tends to roost in small groups, taking shelter in tree hollows, rock crevices, and buildings. When it comes to nesting, it selects holes in trees or buildings, where it lays a clutch of 3 to 5 eggs. This species exhibits significant variation, including gradual changes in size across different regions, and is considered part of a superspecies alongside the closely related little owl.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:Misbah Mishu,Bangladesh;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Paul Bourdin(www.xeno-canto.org/Paul Bourdin), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.