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Phodilus
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Oriental Bay Owl (Phodilus badius)
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Tytonidae
Genus Phodilus

Phodilus or bay owls, is a genus of barn-owls.

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.

Phodilus prigoginei is not well known and was initially considered a subspecies of Phodilus badius; today, however, it is not clear whether the African species would not be better placed in Tyto or a monotypic genus. It is similar to the other Phodilus species in being smaller than typical barn-owls, and having the more U-shaped facial disk; however, the ear-like feather tufts are hardly visible.

An apparently extinct population from Samar Island might constitute a fourth species, but the only known specimen has been lost.

Species

Sri Lanka Bay Owl (Hume, 1877) (Phodilus assimilis)
Oriental Bay Owl (Horsfield, 1821) (Phodilus badius)
Congo Bay Owl (Schouteden, 1952) (Phodilus prigoginei)
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