1684. Athene brama indica

(1684) Athene brama indica (Frank.).
The NORTHERN Spotted Owlet.
Athene brama Indica, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 440.
This race of the Spotted Owlet may be said to occur everywhere in India North of latitude 14°, from Sind in the West to Assam in the East.
What has already been said in reference to the breeding of the Southern race applies equally to this bird.
The breeding season is somewhat later than it is in the South, most eggs being laid in March and April. At Poona Betham found them laying freely in February, and Barnes also gives their breeding season in Rajpootana as February and March, while Bingham also says that in Allahabad they lay from February to March.
The full clutch is generally three or four and occasionally five.
Fifty eggs average 32.2 x 27.1 mm. : maxima 33.8 x 28.1 mm. ; minima 29.0 x 25.0 mm.
These little Owls are very hard to drive from their nesting sites. They sometimes become quite a nuisance in a hungalow and lay in very inconvenient spots, and no taking of eggs or young will keep them away, Adams says that in Sambhur he has once or twice shot one of a pair, but that another has taken its place within a day or two.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
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