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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Kabini Diaries -Spot Bellied Eagle Owl

 Scientific Name :Bubo nipalensis

The spot-bellied eagle-owl, also known as the forest eagle-owl is a large bird of prey with a formidable appearance. It is a forest-inhabiting species found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. 
The overall plumage of these spot-bellied eagle-owl species is dark brown on the head, upper wings and upper parts. The throat and the under parts are pale brown. The upper parts are barred and mottled pale brown. The flanks have black and white horizontal stripes. The breast, belly and under tail have broad dark brown spots. The ear-tufts are long and slanting, having feathers of different sizes. The facial disc is pale buff. The legs and feet are feathered except for the terminal digits of the toes. The nostrils are round. The beak is curved and yellowish. The long curved talons are steel gray. The irises are dark brown. The juveniles are much paler. The call of spot-bellied owl is a deep, booming "hoo hoo" sound. They also make loud screaming sound.

These spot-bellied eagle-owl species are highly forest dependent. These species occur in altitudes from 300 to 3000 meters. The natural ecosystem of these spot-bellied eagle-owl species includes subtropical and tropical moist lowland forests, foothill forests, moist deciduous forests, subtropical and tropical moist montane (mountainous or highland) forests, dense evergreen forests and montane wet temperate forests.
Spot bellied eagle owl is considered to be rare and as one naturalist stated that a sighting of one owl of this speices is equivalent to having sighted 5 tigers or 8 leopards on a single safari at Nagarhole  We have been fortunate in sighting this rare beauty and that too on a clean perch giving us good photographic opportunities. 
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