Glaucidium malabaricum, Bly.
78. :- Athene malabarica, Blyth. :- Jerdons Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 144; Butler, Deccan; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 377; Hume's Scrap Book, p. 413.
THE MALABAR OWLET
Length, 7.6 to 8.25; expanse, 17.5 to 18; wing, 5 to 5.25; tail, 2.58 to 2.62 ; tarsus, 0.9 to 1; bill from gape, 0.7. Irides bright yellow.
Head, neck, and interscapulars uniform lightish rufous, with narrow close dusky rays; wing the same, but the color deeper, and the bands broader; primaries deep rufous, the first three barred throughout with dusky, the rest mostly unspotted, or obscurely banded at the base, distinctly barred at the tip; secondaries with broad bands throughout of rufous and dusky; the tertiaries and scapulars barred rufescent-whitish and dusky; the outermost scapulars with large white spots; the lower parts are barred throughout with dusky, and white on the belly and flanks, and with rufous and dusky on the breast; the -vent and lower tail-coverts pure white; tail dusky, with eight or nine whitish bars, somewhat broader than those of the last species.
The Malabar Owlet is common all along the Western Ghats, in the adjacent forests and also at Ratnagiri, but does not occur on the plains; it is a permanent resident where found; its call, considering the size of the bird, is extraordinarily loud and disagreeable.