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Tawny Fish Owl Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Ketupa flavipes
Family : Strigidae
Order : Strigiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Deciduous forest
Description : The Tawny Fish Owl is a large pale orange bird of prey with an outstanding whitish forehead (adult bird length approximately 61 cm, wing 43 cm, bill 5 cm, tarsus 6.3 cm, tail 22 cm). It looks orange-brown from above and pale rufous-orange from below. It feeds on fish, lizards, large insects, junglefowl and other pheasants. Tawny fish owls are solitary and territorial, like most owls. Their breeding season in India is from November to February, and in Assam, it is from December to February. They nest in various locations, such as large holes in river banks, caves in cliffs, or the forks of large trees. These owls do not build nests but instead lay their eggs directly on the bare ground or surface they choose. They sometimes use abandoned nests built by Pallas's fish eagles. Typically, they lay two eggs, although occasionally only one. The eggs range in size from 56 to 58.8 mm (2.20 to 2.31 in) in length and 45.5 to 48.3 mm (1.79 to 1.90 in) in width, with an average of 57.1 mm × 46.9 mm (2.25 in × 1.85 in). Further details about their reproductive biology are currently unknown, but it is expected to be similar to that of other fish owls.
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;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;photo credit: markus lilje(www.inaturalist.org/people/markus lilje),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;Tshering Demamore information, please contact us.