Strix Candida, Tick.
61. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 118; Hume's Scrap Book, p. 345.
THE GRASS OWL.
Length, 14; wing, 14; tail, 4.5 ; tarsus, 3.5.
Bill horny; irides very dark brown; legs livid, above tawny yellow; the feathers brown, yellowish at base and with a terminal white spot; the quills fulvous-yellow, with distinct brown bars; tail pale yellow, with four dark brown bars, the terminal one mottled at the ending ; disc fulvous-white, with a dark brown spot at the inner angle of the eye; ruff dark fulvous ; beneath yellowish-white, with small brown specks; tarsus and toes with a few scattered bristles, scarcely plumed at the knee ; the wings reach three inches beyond the tail; the claws are blunter and less curved than in the last.
Dr. Jerdon procured the Grass Owl in Central India, as did also Colonel Tickell. Neither Colonel Swinhoe or myself met with it there.