Bay owls appear similar to other barn owls; they are generally smaller, have ear-like feather tufts, and have a more divided and U-shaped facial disk. Generally pale buff or light chestnut brown with dark flecks underneath, dark chestnut brown above spotted with black and yellow.
Bay owls can be found in central Africa, and from the Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia and the Indonesian archipelago.
Dense evergreen primary and secondary forest, particularly foothills, sub-montane forest
Roosting during the day in holes and hollows in tree trunks, or perched on a branch sheltered by palm leaves, usually no more than about 2 metres above the forest floor. This owl is not alert when roosting and is easily approached.
They hunt from a perch for rodents (such as rats and mice), bats, birds, lizards, frogs, and large insects such as beetles and grasshoppers.
Breeding season is March to May, 3-5 white eggs are laid.
A typical song is a series of 4-7 or more loud, melancholic fluted whistles, given at about 2 notes per second.