EVIDENTIAL SIGHTING OF MOTTLED WOOD-OWL STRIX OCELLATE (LESSON, 1839), IN SAVITRIBAI PHULE PUNE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS, PUNE, MAHARASHTRAM. D. Bilaskar and S. A. Pande
The Mottled Wood-Owl (Strix ocellate) is rarely seen endemic species to the Indian subcontinent. It is listed as Least Concern by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The sighting of this species is very rare. This species usually prefers nesting away from the human settlement area. There was no previous record of its presence and nesting in the Savitribai Phule Pune University Campus (SPPU). In this note, we are reporting the first evidential sighting record of the Mottled Wood-Owl in Savitribai Phule Pune University Campus (SPPU).