Brown Hawk-owl (species: Ninox (Ninox) scutulata) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Ninox (Ninox) scutulata
Brown Hawk-owl

©M. Nishimura: Brown Hawk-owl (Ninox (Ninox) scutulata)

©J.M. Garg: Brown Hawk-owl (Ninox (Ninox) scutulata)

©Sergey Yeliseev: Brown Hawk-owl (Ninox (Ninox) scutulata)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae
Genus Ninox
Species Ninox (Ninox) scutulata
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It is a hawk-like shape due to its long tail and lack of a distinct facial disk. The upperparts are dark brown, with a barred tail. The underparts are whitish with reddish-brown streaking, although the subspecies found in the Andaman Islands has dark brown underparts. The tail is barred. The eyes are large and yellow. Sexes are similar. (Wikipedia)


  • From 27 cm to 33 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Adults


  • Up to 75 cm - applies to Adults


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is a resident breeder in south Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to western Indonesia and south China. (Wikipedia)

Local abundance

  • Australia: It is a vagrant occasional visitor from Southeast Asia.


nocturnal (active at night)

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