Brown Wood-owls, Kinabalu Park HQ, Sabah, 6 Oct 2012

The Park HQ was generally dry and therefore pretty quiet bird-wise. I was fortunate to meet someone who’d just discovered a pair of Brown Wood-owls roosting in a screw-pine, and was able to enjoy a rare view of both sexes together for comparison. The female (left) is substantially larger than the male, and is more distinctly barred on the upper breast. The race in northern Borneo, according to Myers, is vaga, but Mann questions the validity of this taxon, and its distinguishability from the nominate form which occurs elsewhere in Borneo.


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