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Spotted eagle-owl (Bubo africanus)

2 November 2016

 

 
 

Physical description

Adult spotted eagle-owl sexes are similar in appearance. Female slightly larger than male with height of around 47 cm and mass of around 700 g. Upper parts are grey to grey-brown with fine, white worm-like patches and spots. The tail has broad, dark grey and white bars, throat is white.

Large, dark spots on the sides of the breast, a characteristic semicircular black ring behind each eye and black ear edges. The bill is black, the feathered legs are white, the feet are grey-brown and the eyes are bright yellow. The similar Cape eagle-owl Bubo capensis has orange and not yellow eyes.

Spotted eagle-owl size versus a human

Spotted eagle-owl print

 

 
 

www.leopard.tvArea and habitat

Solitary but sedentary residents although juveniles will disperse as far as 695 km in extreme cases. Habitat choice is cosmopolitan and ranges from rocky outcrops and drainage lines in the western arid regions to forest margins and grasslands in the wetter eastern regions. Most abundant in open scrubland and grassland which have low rocky ridges and trees in which to roost and nest. Often nests in open areas, on the ground and even in disused aardvark burrows... (Become a subscriber for more)


Read the full article written by Prof J du P Bothma.

 

 

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