Sri Lanka bay owl

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Sri Lanka bay owl
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Tytonidae
Genus: Phodilus
Species: P. assimilis
Binomial name
Phodilus assimilis
Hume, 1877

The Sri Lanka bay owl (Phodilus assimilis) is a species of bay owl in the family Tytonidae. It is endemic to the island of Sri Lanka and Western Ghats in Kerala, South Western India. It is sometimes considered a subspecies of the Oriental bay owl.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland. It is threatened by habitat loss.


Earlier considered a subspecies of the Oriental bay owl Phodilus badius, but now considered a separate species based on differences in call and plumage.[2] Two subspecies are recognised[3]:



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Phodilus assimilis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Rasmussen, P.C., and J.C. Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia. The Ripley guide. Volume 2: attributes and status. Smithsonian Institution and Lynx Edicions, Washington D.C. and Barcelona.
  3. ^ "Sri Lanka Bay-owl (Phodilus assimilis)". Retrieved 2017-07-08.