AVESOrder Raptores.Fam. Strigidae.Sub-fam. Striginae.Gen. Phodilus.Phodilus badias.Strix badia (Horsfield
).Burong Hantoo, or Devil-bird of the Malays.
Above, general colour bright chesnut, the tip of the feathers being chesnut and the basal parts of a bright goldencolour: the back is irregularly marked with spots dispersed in a linear direction, extending from the nape to the tail-covers; towards the nape these spots are small, and for the most part deep brown, but towards the tail they becomelarger, and are varied with white, the feathers having generally two spots of white and two of brown placed transverselyacross the shaft of each.Below, whitish, the throat and breast tinged with pale yellowish chesnut and the belly and lower tail-covers with adecided brown madder colour; all the lower parts are thinly marked with irregular, small, deep brown spots; sides of the body under the wings golden chesnut.Head; crown, dark chesnut interspersed with a few yellowish white feathers; the upper part of the ruff round the eyedeep chesnut, with an outer edge of light whitish feathers, and the lower part white, broadly edged with deep rich brown; forehead very light madder brown.Wings, bright chesnut, the covers marked like the back with brown and white spots; the quills banded with deep brown, the ground colour of the primaries fading more or less into tawny white at the outer edges.Tail, bright chesnut, banded with brown, the outer edges fading into tawny white.Legs feathered to the feet.Length, total, 11 ½ inches.„ of bill from gape, 1 inch.„ of wings, 7 inches.„ of tail, 3 inches.„ of tarsus, 1 ½ inch.
This beautifully-marked Owl, though rarely seen, is not uncommon in Labuan; it has only asingle note, frequently repeated, and which is much like the first note of the common Wood-owl'scry. Sir T. S, Raffles, in his "Description of the Birds of Sumatra" (Transactions of LinnaeanSociety, vol. xiii.), says that the name Burong Hantoo is given to Owls in general by the Malays.Order Passeres.Tribe Fissirostres.Fam. Hirundinidae.Sub-fam, Cypselinae.Gen. Macropteryx.