Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Blakiston's Eagle-owl (Bubo blakistoni) - HBW 5, p. 193

French: Grand-duc de Blakiston German: Riesenfischuhu Spanish: Búho Manchú
Other common names: Blakiston’s Fish-owl

Taxonomy: Bubo blakistoni Seebohm, 1884, Hokkaido, Japan.
Sometimes placed in genus Ketupa, and has been treated as forming superspecies with, or even conspecific with, K. zeylonensis. Skeletal details, however, especially skull morphology, appear identical to those of Bubo (e.g. B. bubo) and different from osteology of Ketupa. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • piscivorus Meise, 1933 - W Manchuria (W of Great Khingan Mts).
  • doerriesi Seebohm, 1895 - SE Siberia and extreme NE China, to Korean border.
  • karafutonis Kuroda, 1931 - Sakhalin I.
  • blakistoni Seebohm, 1884 - Hokkaido and S Kuril Is.