The brown wood owl (Strix leptogrammica), a shy, nocturnal bird, inhabits thick, undisturbed lowland tropical forest, both deciduous & evergreen, in southern Asia. The upperparts are uniformly dark brown, with faint white spotting on the shoulders. The underparts are buff with brown streaking. The facial disc is brown or rufous, edged with white and without concentric barring. It has a white neckband. It feeds on small mammals such as rats, mice and shrews. Also takes small birds and reptiles.