1165. Ketupa flavipes.
The Tawny Fish-Owl.
Cultrunguis flavipes, Hodgson, J. A. S. B. v, p. 364, pl. 25 (1836). Ketupa flavipes, Gray, Gen. B. i, p. 38; Blyth, Cat. p. 37 ; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 76; Jerdon, B. I. i, p. 135; id. Ibis, 1871, p. 346; Bulger, Ibis, 1869, p. 155; Hume, Rough Notes, p. 385; id. S. F. iii, pp. 327, 416; xi, p. 21; id. Cat. no. 73; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. n, p. 5; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlvii, pt. 2, p. 12.
Lak-kyo-o-mung (the Kyo-o-calling Devil), Lepcha.
Coloration. Lores white; cheeks and ear-coverts orange or brownish buff, all with black shafts; feathers of the upper parts with broad blackish-brown median bands and rich orange-buff edges, the orange-buff in parts forming indentations or spots on the dark brown; outer scapulars and some of the larger wing-coverts with the outer webs chiefly buff; quills and tail-feathers dark brown, with buff bars and tips ; lower parts rich orange-buff, with dark brown shaft-stripes, broadest on the breast; usually a white patch in the middle of the throat.
Bill horny black ; cere dirty greenish ; irides gamboge-yellow ; legs yellowish grey (Jerdon). Bill greenish horny (Chennell).
Length about 24; tail 9 ; wing 18; tarsus 3; bill from gape 1.8. The tarsi covered with downy feathers for some distance below the upper end behind, and more than halfway down in front.
Distribution. Throughout the lower Himalayas as far west as Kashmir, at elevations not exceeding about 5000 feet, also in the ranges immediately south of the Assam valley, and in China.
Habits, &c This fine Owl is found on the banks of Himalayan rivers, and like K. zeylonensis is said to subsist principally on fish and crabs. The nest and eggs do not appear to have been described.