Scops malabaricus, Jerdon.
75quat. :- Butler, Deccan; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 377; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind. p. 97; Hume's Scrap Book, p. 402.
THE MALABAR SCOPS OWL.
Length, 8 to 8.24 ; expanse, 10.5 ; wing, 5.95 ; tail, 2.75; exterior tail-feathers, 0.25, shorter than the centrals; tarsus, 1.05 to 1.08; bill from gape, 0.8.
Bill yellowish horny, darker above; irides dark yellow; feet yellow.
The full description of S. bakkamuna already given renders any minute description unnecessary.
Generally it may be said that only the point of the forehead, and a narrow streak over the eye, is white ; and these parts instead of being silvery-white, as in bakkamuna, are fulvous ; again, the chin, throat, ruff-feathers, abdomen, and breast, instead of being white or creamy-white, as in bahkamuna, are a rich buffy-fawn. Altogether the bird is a good deal smaller, and the lower parts conspicuously more buffy than in any specimen of S. bakkamuna.
The Malabar Scops Owl is said to be a permanent resident in Ratnagiri, and it also occurs in Sind, but is uncommon in both districts ; it has not been recorded from any other part of the Presidency. It is often confounded with the preceding S. bakkamuna.