Phodilus badius ssp. riverae McGregor

Samar Bay Owl (Phodilus badius ssp. riverae)

The Bay Owl (Phodilus badius Horsfield) (see depiction) is native to Southeast Asia, where several subspecies have been described; the biology of the species is still rather unknown.

The Samar Bay Owl from the island of Samar in the Philippines was described in 1927 based on a single specimen which has subsequently been lost due a bombing raid in World War II.; this form, however, is not accepted by all biologists.


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Depiction from: John Gould; Richard B. Sharpe: The Birds of Asia. London: printed by Taylor and Francis, published by the author 1850-1883

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edited: 01.08.2022