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Volume 10 | Number 2 | November 2021 v10i2.266 volume 10 number 2 copy


Volume 10 | Number 2 | November 2021
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ISSN: 1800-427X (printed)
eISSN: 1800-427X (online)

Submitted date: 23 March 2021
Accepted date: 11 September 2021
Published date: 22 November 2021
Pp. 133–134

A breeding record of the brown hawk owl (Ninox scutulata) in Assam, India

S.P. Ranade*
*E-mail: s.ranade@bnhs.org

The brown hawk owl, Ninox scutulata (Raffles, 1822) is a common, medium sized bird of prey on the Indian subcontinent and listed as of least concern. Its distribution range extends up to eastern Siberia, Japan, the Andmans, the Malay Peninsula, the Great and Lesser Sundas, Wallacea, Taiwan, the Philippines and Australia. There are 11 well documented subspecies across this wide distribution. A pair of brown hawk owls was observed nesting on a Dillenia indica tree (Family Dilleniaceae), in Guwahati, Kamrup District, Assam, India. The nest was in a cavity at a height of about 4 m. The tree was about 14 m tall and the main trunk was about 7 m in girth. It had a dense canopy with its large elliptical leaves.

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