spotted wood owls

Ahool (or Athol)

Found in Java, Indonesia. Allegedly first described by Dr Ernest Bartels, the Ahool is a bat of gargantuan proportions with a wingspan of 10 feet (largest known bat, the flying fox has a wingspan of 4ft). Gray fur, 15 to 20 inches tall, leathery wings, large dark eyes, and a call to match its name.

One interesting explanation for the creature is the misidentification of local owls as the creature. Specifically the two wood-owls (Spotted Wood-owl and Javan Wood-owl) native to Java which are around the same size (height wise) as the Ahool (16 to 20 inches). The wing span of the two owls is around 4 feet, they both have large dark eyes, and the Javan wood-owl appears almost greyish when viewed from the ground while it’s in flight. The sound of the Javan wood-owl is a loud Hoooh sound which could easily explain the Ahool sound the cryptid is said to make.

  • Owl species according to media: Great horned owls , barn owls , snowy owls
  • List of owl species:
  • Common Barn Owl
  • Ashy-faced Owl
  • Andaman Barn Owl
  • Madagascar Red Owl
  • Golden Masked Owl
  • Taliabu Masked Owl
  • Minahassa Masked Owl
  • Lesser Masked Owl
  • Seram Masked Owl
  • Manus Masked Owl
  • Sulawesi Masked Owl
  • Australian Masked Owl
  • Tasmanian Masked Owl
  • African Grass Owl
  • Eastern Grass Owl
  • Lesser Sooty Owl
  • Greater Sooty Owl
  • Itombwe Owl
  • Oriental Bay Owl
  • Sri Lanka Bay Owl
  • White-fronted Scops Owl
  • Reddish Scops Owl
  • Serendib Scops Owl
  • Cinnamon Scops Owl
  • Sokoke Scops Owl
  • Andaman Scops Owl
  • Flores Scops Owl
  • Mountain Scops Owl
  • Javan Scops Owl
  • Mindanao Scops Owl
  • Luzon Scops Owl
  • Mindoro Scops Owl
  • São Tomé Scops Owl
  • Madagascar Scops Owl
  • Torotoroka Scops Owl
  • Mayotte Scops Owl
  • Grand Comoro Scops Owl
  • Anjouan Scops Owl
  • Mohéli Scops Owl
  • Pemba Scops Owl
  • Common Scops Owl
  • Cyprus Scops Owl
  • Pallid Scops Owl
  • Arabian Scops Owl
  • Socotra Scops Owl
  • African Scops Owl
  • Oriental Scops Owl
  • Ryukyu Scops Owl
  • Moluccan Scops Owl
  • Wetar Scops Owl
  • Sula Scops Owl
  • Biak Scops Owl
  • Sulawesi Scops Owl
  • Sangihe Scops Owl
  • Mantanani Scops Owl
  • Seychelles Scops Owl
  • Nicobar Scops Owl
  • Simeulue Scops Owl
  • Enggano Scops Owl
  • Mentawai Scops Owl
  • Rajah Scops Owl
  • Sunda Scops Owl
  • Collared Scops Owl
  • Indian Scops Owl
  • Japanese Scops Owl
  • Philippine Scops Owl
  • Everett's Scops Owl
  • Negros Scops Owl
  • Palawan Scops Owl
  • Wallace's Scops Owl
  • Flammulated Owl
  • Western Screech Owl
  • Eastern Screech Owl
  • Oaxaca Screech Owl
  • Pacific Screech Owl
  • Whiskered Screech Owl
  • Bearded Screech Owl
  • Balsas Screech Owl
  • Bare-shanked Screech Owl
  • Tropical Screech Owl
  • Koepcke's Screech Owl
  • Peruvian Screech Owl
  • Tumbes Screech Owl
  • Montane Forest Screech Owl
  • Rufescent Screech Owl
  • Santa Marta Screech Owl
  • Colombian Screech Owl
  • Cinnamon Screech Owl
  • Cloud-forest Screech Owl
  • Northern Tawny-bellied Screech Owl
  • Southern Tawny-bellied Screech Owl
  • Black-capped Screech Owl
  • Long-tufted Screech Owl
  • Vermiculated Screech Owl
  • Chocó Screech Owl
  • Roraima Screech Owl
  • Guatemalan Screech Owl
  • Rio Napo Screech Owl
  • Puerto Rican Screech Owl
  • White-throated Screech Owl
  • Palau Owl
  • Cuban Bare-legged Owl
  • Northern White-faced Owl
  • Southern White-faced Owl
  • Giant Scops Owl
  • Snowy Owl
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Magellanic Horned Owl
  • Eurasian Eagle Owl
  • Pharaoh Eagle Owl
  • Indian Eagle Owl
  • Cape Eagle Owl
  • Spotted Eagle Owl
  • Greyish Eagle Owl
  • Fraser's Eagle Owl
  • Usambara Eagle Owl
  • Verreaux's Eagle Owl
  • Shelley's Eagle Owl
  • Barred Eagle Owl
  • Forest Eagle Owl
  • Dusky Eagle Owl
  • Akun Eagle Owl
  • Philippine Eagle Owl
  • Blakiston's Fish Owl
  • Brown Fish Owl
  • Buffy Fish Owl
  • Tawny Fish Owl
  • Pel's Fishing Owl
  • Rufous Fishing Owl
  • Vermiculated Fishing Owl
  • Spectacled Owl
  • Short-browed Owl
  • Tawny-browed Owl
  • Band-bellied Owl
  • Spotted Wood Owl
  • Mottled Wood Owl
  • Brown Wood Owl
  • Himalayan Wood Owl
  • Eurasian Tawny Owl
  • Omani Owl
  • Hume's Tawny Owl
  • African Wood Owl
  • Mottled Owl
  • Rufous-legged Owl
  • Chaco Owl
  • Rusty-barred Owl
  • Rufous-banded Owl
  • Black-and-White Owl
  • Black-banded Owl
  • Spotted Owl
  • Fulvous Owl
  • Barred Owl
  • Sichuan Wood Owl
  • Ural Owl
  • Great Grey Owl
  • Maned Owl
  • Crested Owl
  • Northern Hawk Owl
  • Eurasian Pygmy Owl
  • Pearl-spotted Owlet
  • Red-chested Owlet
  • Collared Owlet
  • Northern Pygmy Owl
  • Cape Pygmy Owl
  • Mountain Pygmy Owl
  • Cloud-forest Pygmy Owl
  • Guatemalan Pygmy Owl
  • Costa Rican Pygmy Owl
  • Cuban Pygmy Owl
  • Tamaulipas Pygmy Owl
  • Colima Pygmy Owl
  • Central American Pygmy Owl
  • Least Pygmy Owl
  • Pernambuco Pygmy Owl
  • Amazonian Pygmy Owl
  • Subtropical Pygmy Owl
  • Andean Pygmy Owl
  • Yungas Pygmy Owl
  • Peruvian Pygmy Owl
  • Austral Pygmy Owl
  • Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
  • Ridgway's Pygmy Owl
  • Chaco Pygmy Owl
  • Barred Jungle Owlet
  • Chestnut-backed Owlet
  • Asian Barred Owlet
  • Javan Owlet
  • Sjöstedt's Owlet
  • African Barred Owlet
  • Chesnut Owlet
  • Etchécopar's Owlet
  • Albertine Owlet
  • Long-whiskered Owlet
  • Elf Owl
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Forest Owlet
  • Little Owl
  • Spotted Owlet
  • Boreal Owl
  • Northern Saw-whet Owl
  • Unspotted Saw-whet Owl
  • Buff-fronted Owl
  • Rufous Owl
  • Powerful Owl
  • Barking Owl
  • Sumba Boobook Owl
  • Little Sumba Hawk Owl
  • Togian Hawk Owl
  • Cinnabar Hawk Owl
  • Morepork
  • Southern Boobook Owl
  • Brown Hawk Owl
  • Andaman Hawk Owl
  • Madagascar Hawk Owl
  • Philippine Hawk Owl
  • Mindoro Hawk Owl
  • Mindanao Hawk Owl
  • Romblon Hawk Owl
  • Cebu Hawk Owl
  • Camiguin Hawk Owl
  • Sulu Hawk Owl
  • Ochre-bellied Hawk Owl
  • Solomons Hawk Owl
  • Jungle Hawk Owl
  • Speckled Hawk Owl
  • New Britain Hawk Owl
  • Moluccan Hawk Owl
  • Halmahera Boobook Owl
  • Tanimbar Boobook Owl
  • Christmas Island Hawk Owl
  • Manus Hawk Owl
  • Bismarck Hawk Owl
  • Papuan Hawk Owl
  • Laughing Owl
  • Fearful Owl
  • Jamaican Owl
  • Stygian Owl
  • Long-eared Owl
  • Abyssinian Long-eared Owl
  • Madagascar Long-eared Owl
  • Striped Owl
  • Short-eared Owl
  • Galápagos Short-eared Owl
  • Marsh Owl
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Spotted Wood Owl by Kentkenny Ng on Flickr.

Chouette des pagodes juvénile / Spotted Wood Owl (juvenile) (Strix seloputo, Pasir Ris Park, Singapore).

Strix seloputo (Horsfield, 1821) :
- Chouette des pagodes ;
- Spotted Wood Owl ;
- Cárabo de las Págodas ;
- Coruja-dos-pagodes ;
- Allocco delle pagode ;
- Pagodenkauz ;
- Maleise bosuil ;
- Puistopöllö ;
- Fläckig skogsuggla ;
- マレーモリフクロウ  ;
- Пагодная неясыть

Ordre : Strigiformes / Famille : Strigidés - Strigidae / Genre : Strix / Espèce : seloputo.

Trois sous-espèces :
- Strix seloputo seloputo(Southeast Asia, Sumatra, Java, Philippines) ;
- Strix seloputo baweana(Bawean I.. off n Java.) ;
- Strix seloputo wiepkeni(Palawan and Calamian Is.. sw Philippines.).

Darren Bellerby
/ (CC BY 2.0) 

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Spotted Wood Owl (Strix seloputoby Elvin Tan

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Spotted Wood Owls