Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Mottled Wood-owl (Strix ocellata) - HBW 5, p. 197

French: Chouette ocellée German: Mangokauz Spanish: Cárabo Ocelado

Taxonomy: Syrnium ocellatum Lesson, 1839, Pondicherry.
Race grisescens intergrades with nominate ocellata in N India. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • grisescens Koelz, 1950 - from base of Himalayas in Pakistan S to about Rajasthan, and E to Bihar.
  • grandis Koelz, 1950 - S Gujarat (Saurashtra Peninsula).
  • ocellata (Lesson, 1839) - peninsular India.