Spot-bellied eagle owl

Spot-bellied eagle owl

Spot-bellied eagle owl

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Spot-bellied eagle owl

  • Spot-bellied eagle owl is also known as the forest eagle-owl.
  • They are located in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
  • In India, they can be found in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura and Mizoram.
  • They are highly dependent on forest and can usually be found in altitudes ranging from 300 to 3000 meters.
  • They have been known to consume mammals (of manageable size), a variety of birds (especially pheasants), reptiles (including large monitor lizards), amphibians and fish.
  • The breeding season of these spot-bellied eagle-owl species varies based on its location.
  • In Himalayan region they breed during February and March.
  • In Sri Lanka, the breeding season is during the month of April and May while in southern India its during the month of December and January.
  • Both the male and female parent have been known to incubate the egg.
  • The spot-bellied eagle-owl is a non-migratory resident bird but they may make local movements for feeding and breeding within their range.
  • The global population size of the spot-bellied owl (Bubo nipalensis) has not yet been measured.
  • However, the overall population trend of these species is believed to be stable.

Scientific Name          :           Bubo nipalensis

IUCN Status               :           Least Concern

CITES                         :           Appendix II

Kingdom                     :           Animalia

Phylum                       :           Chordata

Class                           :           Aves

Order                           :           Strigiformes

Family                        :           Strigidae

Source “Spot-bellied eagle owl spotted in A.P.’s Seshachalam forest for the first time

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