Rare Sri Lanka bay owl spotted at Paleri in Kozhikode
Perambra: A Sri Lanka bay owl, found mostly in Sri Lanka and Western Ghats, has been spotted in Paleri. The owl, which flew down to Vijayans’s house at Chemperi, was recognised by Dr Abdullah Paleri, who is a Higher Secondary School teacher at Perambra.
The owl spent an entire day on a tree in the compound but it flew away as the night approached. Although the owl looks similar to a barn owl, it is different in terms of the size and colours of the feather and face.
Sri Lanka bay owl has only been spotted once in Kozhikode prior to this. The nocturnal creature preys on small birds, lizards and other small creatures.
The owl was introduced to the world and nomenclated by one of the founders of Indian National Congress and famous ornithologist A O Hume.