1171. Huhua orientalis.
The Malay Eagle-Owl.
Strix orientalis, Horsf. Tr. Linn, Soc. xiii, p. 140 (1821). Strix sumatrana, Raffl. Tr. Linn. Soc. xiii, p. 279 (1822). Strix strepitans, Temm. Pl. Col. pls. 174, 229 (1823). Bubo orientalis, Horsf. & M, Cat. i, p. 72, part; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. ii,. p. 39; Hume, S. F. iv, p. 223; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 31; Hume, Cat. no. 71 his; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 153. Huhua orientalis, Blyth, Ibis, 1863, p. 25, pt.; Jerdon, Ibis, 1871, p. 346, pt.; Holdsworth, P. Z. S. 1872, p. 416.
Coloration. Lores, cheeks, and ear-coverts pale brown or brownish white, the lores black-shafted; blackish supercilia; aigrettes blackish brown, some barred on the inner webs or throughout with white or pale rufous; upper plumage dark brown, narrowly and irregularly barred with dull rufous; outer-webs of the outer scapulars partly or wholly white; quills and tail-feathers dark brown with pale mottled bars and tips, the bars, except on the middle tail-feathers, broader and white on the inner webs towards the base; lower parts white, more or less tinged fulvous, the feathers narrowly barred with dark brown, the bars much closer together as a rule on the upper breast.
Young whitish, barred with brown above and below, the bars narrow, closer and paler than in the young of H. nepalensis.
Bill, cere, eyelids, and feet yellow; irides dark brown (Davison). The toes are almost naked above.
Length about 18; tail 7; wing 13.75; tarsus 2 ; bill from gape 1.75.
Distribution. The Malay Peninsula and the islands of Sumatra, Java, and Borneo. Very rare in Southern Tenasserim, where Davison obtained a single specimen. Nothing is known of the habits or nidification.