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This evening I spotted this beautiful owl that had become the centre of concern of my neighbourhood birds. There was a joint commotion of the House crows, Jungle bablers, Bulbuls and Maynas, which is still going on.

I wonder if this is a female Common Barn Owl.

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Location: West Bengal, India.

P.S. I couldn't get better pictures.

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Based on the picture, this is a Barn Owl (Tyto alba). There are several subspecies of Barn Owl, 35 in fact. This bird is most likely the subspecies "stertens" also known as the Indian Barn Owl.

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As to whether it is a female. It is dependent on the size and a few other features that cannot be determined in these photos.

Females significantly larger than males in body mass, total length, beak length, tarsus length, foot length and width, and wing loading, but not in wing chord or tail length ( Marti 1990a ). Female plumage typically darker than that of males but sexes overlap in this regard.

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It's a barn owl. This is probably the most common owl in India and is found in most of peninsular India.

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