Fish owl

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Fish owl
Ketupa ketupu.jpg
Buffy fish owl
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Ketupa and Bubo

Fish owls are a polyphyletic group of owls in the family Strigidae, found in East, South and Southeast Asia (including parts of Indonesia). Although they have historically been placed within their own genus, Ketupa, genetic analysis has shown that they are better placed in the genus Bubo.[1]

Four species have traditionally fallen into this group:[2]


  1. ^ Newton, Ian; Kavanagh, Rodney; Olsen, Jerry; Taylor, Iain, eds. (2002). Ecology and Conservation of Owls. Clayton, VIC, Australia: Csiro Publishing. p. 346. ISBN 978-0-643-09887-9.
  2. ^ Morris, Desmond (2009). Owls. London, UK: Reaktion Books. p. 195. ISBN 978-1-86189-710-7.