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Indian scops owl: Otus bakkamoena

Indian scops owl (with two juveniles)
Otus bakkamoena
Indian scops owl: Otus bakkamoena
Gender: Indeterminate
Age: Adult with two juveniles
IUCN Status: Least Concern
Sighted at: Keoladeo Ghaṅā, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India.
Date: 6.6.2015
This is a first for me from a photography point of view. I have seen Indian scops owl before. I knew t then as Collared scops owl but now the two are classified distinctly. The Collared scops is called Otus lettia.
 
The parent (both genders look alike) has two juveniles behind and beneath it (poking out from the tree hollow) and they were catching the early morning sunrays for warmth.
 
 
I was at a safe distance and took care not to disturb the family. I was well-concealed about 10-15 meters from the hollow on the roof of a structure in the forest crowuching behind a drum and the overhanging branches of the banyan tree.
Taxonomy:

Kingdom
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Animalia
Phylum
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Chordata
Class
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Aves
Order
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Strigiformes
Family
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Strigidae
Genus
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Otus
Species
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bakkamoena

 

Photographed at Keoladeo Ghaā, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, on 6th June, 2015, using a Nikon D7200 camera and Tamron 150-600 mm lens.

 

© Prashant V Tenjarla
 


 

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