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Asian Barred Owlet (Glaucidium cuculoides)
Owlets are small or pygmy owls and generally found most active after dusk. But Asian Barred Owlets are surprisingly diurnal.! Found only in Indo-Malayan Ecozone, in all my sightings they were either seen solo or in pairs and preferably hunt for large insects or rodents. Another interesting observation was that they drive other birds, mostly bulbuls and magpie robins, from nearby branches by whistling or charging.!! They are mostly buff colored and easily identified with the 3-4 bands of broad streaks on belly and flanks and look very fluffy.
1. Buff colored barrings on the wings.
2. Barred body, both upper parts and under parts
3. Bands of barring streaks on belly
4. Typical yellow owl eyes with black iris.
5. Just slightly visible eyebrow bands, but prominent enough.
So when you go out to spot them, make sure its afternoon or late afternoon, that’s when these are most active, but not at nights! Have a look at these pictures for more clarity!
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