No, 73. Ketupa Flavipes. HODGSON.
THE TAWNY FISH OWL,
Dr. Jerdon tells us (quoting from Mr. Hodgson,) that this species breeds in February and March, which is highly probable, but I have not been able to find any more circumstantial account of its nidification.
Mr. Hodgson says, " This species is common in the several regions of Nepaul, notwithstanding the great diversity of climate. They fly well by day, and are constantly found on the banks of rivers. I have procured specimens with the stomach full of fish, and they also prey on crabs. Their weight is about three and a half pounds. These birds moult once a year between June and October inclusive."
I notice that in this species, the tarsi are feathered much farther down than in Ceylonensis. In the only specimen which I possess, the whole tarsus is feathered in front and exteriorly to within less than an inch of the foot.
As far as is yet known, this species is confined to Nepaul and Sikhim. I cannot learn that it has ever been procured in Kumaon; but I have recently been informed that it has been killed near Cherapoonjee, but as I have not seen the specimen, I cannot vouch for the fact. Mr. Blyth remarks that it is K. Javanensis, and not the present species, as Mr. Finlayson's Manuscript notes, quoted in Horsfield's Catalogue, assert, that is common in the Indian islands and Siam.