Medium to large in size, Light chestnut brown barred with dark brown and white. Crown dark brown, facial disk whitish with dark rings around the eyes.
Resident breeder in south Asia from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka east to western Indonesia and south China
Heavy tropical forest along the sea coast, in lowlands and in lower hills.
Feeds on small mammals such as rats, mice and shrews. Also takes small birds, frogs, and reptiles.
Breeding season is January-March in southern India. Nests in a tree hole or the hollow of a forked trunk. Normally 2 eggs are laid.
The call is a (hoo) hoo hoo HOO or a deep goke-goke-ga-LOOO or a loud scream. The alarm call is a bark, wow-wow.