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Tawny Fish Owl ~ Ketupa flavipes (Bubo flavipes)


The Tawny Fish Owl is a fairly large owl with tousled, horizontal ear-tufts.

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Distribution: From northern India to southeast China and Taiwan, as well as Laos and Vietnam.

Range of Tawny Fish Owl (Ketupa flavipes)
Range of the Tawny Fish Owl Ketupa flavipes

Status: Locally not uncommon.

Original Description: Hodgson, Brian Houghton. 1836. The Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal (J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal) 5: p. 364, pl. 26.

References: (may contain affiliate links)
International Ornithological Congress. 2023. "IOC World Bird List - Owls".
König, Claus & Weick, Friedhelm. 2008. "Owls: A Guide to the Owls of the World (Second Edition)". Yale University Press.
Ketupa flavipes at Xeno-canto.

See also: Other owls from Asia, Genus: Ketupa.

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