Spotted Owlet

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names


Native Habitat

Woodland, Plantation


Beetles, Insects, Mice


Spotted Owlet

Athene brama

The Spotted Owlet is a small owl which breeds in tropical Asia from India to Southeast Asia. A common resident of open habitats including farmland and human habitation, it has adapted to living in cities. They roost in small groups in the hollows of trees or in cavities in rocks or buildings. It nests in a hole in a tree or building, laying 3-5 eggs. Nests near human habitations may show higher breeding success due to increased availability of rodents for feeding young.

The Spotted Owlet is small with overall length of 21 cm. The upperparts are grey-brown, heavily spotted with white. The underparts are white, streaked with brown. The facial disc is pale and the iris is yellow. There is a white neckband and supercilium.

Regional Names
  • Assamese:
    কুৰুলী ফেঁচা
  • Bengali:
    খুঁড়ুলে পেঁচা
  • Gujarati:
  • Hindi:
    खकूसट, खूसटिया, छुघड
  • Kannada:
  • Malayalam:
    പുള്ളി നത്ത്
  • Marathi:
    ठिपकेदार पिंगळा, घोगड
  • Nepali:
    कोचलगाँडे लाटोकोसेरो
  • Punjabi:
  • Sanskrit:
    कृकालिका, निशाटन, पिंगचक्षू, खर्गला, उलूक
  • Tamil:
    புள்ளி ஆந்தை
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Athene brama

Quick Facts
  • These have been superstitiously associated with bad omens. Ironically enough when the owl is a vehicle (vahan) of Lakshmi, goddess of wealth.