Spotted Owlet (Athene brama) - HBW 5, p. 226
French: Chevêche brame
Spanish: Mochuelo Brahmán
Other common names: Spotted Little Owl
Taxonomy: Strix brama Temminck, 1821, Pondicherry.
Probably forms superspecies with A. noctua. Birds from NE Assam sometimes separated subspecifically as ultra. Putative Tibetan form “poikila” apparently referable to Aegolius funereus. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- albida Koelz, 1950 - S Iran and S Pakistan; possibly also S Afghanistan.
- indica (Franklin, 1831) - N & C Indian Subcontinent.
- brama (Temminck, 1821) - S India.
- pulchra Hume, 1873 - Myanmar, Thailand (except S half of peninsula), S Laos, Cambodia and S Vietnam.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 23 videos
A pair perched near their nest site Locality Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India (ssp indicus)
Greg Baker 16 March 2011 1 year ago 23 sec 3.6
Two birds in the nest Locality Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India (ssp indica)
Jean Hupperetz 31 October 2004 7 years ago 39 sec 3.6
A bird above it's roosting/nesting hole, checking it's surroundings. Locality Chambal River Lodge, Chambal River, Uttar Pradesh, India (ssp indica)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 1 February 2008 3 years ago 24 sec 3.5
making sound sitting on rocks near its nest Locality Kookherd District, Bastak County, Hormozgān Province, Iran
Ghaffar 3 June 2012 50 weeks ago 1 min 10 sec 3.4
Three birds at the entrance of a nest, one of them flies away. Locality Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India (ssp indica)
Josep del Hoyo 21 January 2001 10 years ago 21 sec 3.4
A bird, perched on a tree. Locality Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp brama)
Carmelo López 23 April 2010 1 year ago 11 sec 3.3
PhotosSee all 40 photos
An Owl in Distress
Locality Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India
shastrix 10 April 2013 5 weeks ago 3.7
A bird perched on a branch.
Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India (ssp indica)
Carmelo López 20 May 2010 1 year ago 3.7
Spotted Owlet perched on a branch in hilly region.
Locality Mysore, Mysore District, Karnataka, India
Ragoorao 19 April 2011 2 years ago 3.7
An adult bird perched on a branch.
Locality Cambodia (ssp pulchra)
Pete Morris 1 March 2003 16 weeks ago 3.6
a bird perched
Locality Delhi, India
Stefan Helming 30 October 2010 2 years ago 3.6
He was observing me while perching.
Locality Sonitpur District, Assam, India
shibham 15 April 2013 5 weeks ago 3.5
Two birds calling twice. Locality Moti Virani, Kutch District, Gujarat, India
Josep del Hoyo 16 February 2011 1 year ago 4.5
harsh calls Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 October 2005 3 years ago 4.5
Calls of an individual at night Locality Kerala, India
Stuart Fisher 8 February 2006 3 years ago 3