Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Rock Eagle-owl (Bubo bengalensis) - HBW 5, p. 186

French: Grand-duc indien German: Bengalenuhu Spanish: Búho Bengalí
Other common names: Indian Eagle-owl/Great Horned Owl

Taxonomy: Otus Bengalensis Franklin, 1831, River Ganges between Calcutta and Varanasi and in Vindhyan Hills between Varanasi and Gurra Mundela.
Forms superspecies with B. bubo and B. ascalaphus, with B. virginianus (including recently separated B. magellanicus) and B. capensis sometimes considered part of same group. Sometimes treated as conspecific with B. bubo; degree of range overlap, if any, with latter uncertain, but they differ in DNA and voice. Monotypic.

Distribution: Indian Subcontinent (except Sri Lanka), N to foothills of Himalayas, and W Myanmar.