Sexes alike. Lacks ear tufts. Darkish brown above, barred rufous and white; flight feathers barred rufous and black; white moustachial stripe, centre of
breast and abdomen; remainder of underbody barred dark rufous-brown and white. The Asian Barred Owlet G. cuculoides (23cm) of the Himalaya is slightly larger and has abdominal streaks. Solitary or in pairs; crepuscular, but sometimes also active and noisy by day; otherwise spends day in leafy branch; flies short distance when disturbed.
forest; partial to teak and bamboo mixed forests.
insects, small birds, lizards, rodents.
throughout area, up to 2,000m in Himalaya; absent in extreme NE states.
noisy; musical kuo… kak…kuo…kak… call notes, rising in crescendo for a few seconds only to end abruptly; other pleasant, bubbling notes.