Other Thailand Fauna

Thailand Herping Trip Turns Up an Oriental Bay Owl

Awesome Oriental bay Owl, Phodilus badius, we found on a herping trip in Krabi recently. This owl let us get to within 2-3 meters to shoot photos, and didn’t move at all – hence the amazing photo below.

We’ve seen about a dozen of these owls over the years. They are common in Krabi and surrounding areas. I even saw one hunting and it had caught something. It stayed on the ground in front of me, covering the prey up. It stayed there until I left.

Thailand Bay Owl perched in a tree at night in a tree in Krabi Province, Thailand.
Oriental Bay Owl. ©Vern Lovic.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Tytonidae
Genus: Phodilus
Species: P. badius
Binomial name – Phodilus badius (Horsfield, 1821)

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