1673. Otus spilocephalus huttoni

(1674) Otus balli (Hume).
THE ANDAMAN SCOPS OWL.
Otus balli, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol, iv, p, 429.
This Scops Owl is found only in the Andamans.
It does not seem to keep so closely to jungle as do most of the Scops Owls. Osmaston (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol, xvii, p, 487, 1906) says "This Owl is common everywhere Wickham says that it breeds freely in the roadside avenues in the settlement of Port Blair and also in the jungle round about. Butler also remarks (ibid. vol. xii, p. 570, 1899) that it has a habit of coming into houses and that he caught two specimens in his own bungalow.
They lay their eggs either in natural hollows or in deserted nest- holes of Woodpeckers and Barbets, usually between 5 and 15 feet from the ground, but on one occasion 35 feet up in a Padouk-tree in an avenue.
The breeding season is from the middle of February to the middle of April. The earliest date recorded is the 20th February (Osmaston) and the latest 7th April (Wickham) and 14th April (Osmaston), when a single fresh egg was taken.
Two or three eggs are laid, generally the former number. Twenty average 30.5 x 27.1 mm. : maxima 32.9 x 28.1 mm. ; minima 29.1 x 27.5 and 30.2 x 34.3 mm.
The birds sit very close and are difficult to drive from their nesting sites, Osmaston (loc. cit.) notes — “I found a nest in a Padouk- tree with a single fresh egg, the bird being captured on the nest, I let her go at a distance of two miles from her nest and on another island. About 3 weeks later on re-visiting the nest-hole I found it occupied again by another (or the same) Owl with two fresh eggs.”

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1673. Otus spilocephalus huttoni
Spp Author: 
Hume
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1673
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
520
Common name: 
Western Spotted Scops Owl
M_ID: 
6338
M_SN: 
Otus spilocephalus huttoni
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14842

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