Spotted Owlet

Museumwinkel

Mounted on –  Natural piece of wood on a rounded wooden base
Measures HxD – 40 x 12 cm / 15.7 x 4.7 inch 
Note – This bird died of natural causes in captivity and was mounted by a licensed (award-winning) taxidermist

The Spotted Owlet (Athene brama) is a small owl which breeds in tropical Asia from India to Southeast Asia. A common resident of open habitats including farmland and human habitation, it has adapted to living in cities. They roost in small groups in the hollows of trees or in cavities in rocks or buildings. It nests in a hole in a tree or building, laying 3–5 eggs.

The species is absent from Sri Lanka, although the birds are found across the Palk Straits, just 30 kilometres away at Rameshwaram. Nests near human habitations may show higher breeding success due to increased availability of rodents for feeding young. The species shows great variation including clinal variation in size and forms a superspecies with the very similar Little Owl.