Bengal eagle owl

INTRODUCTION

With at least 3 common names (in English alone) Rock Eagle owl, Bengal Eagle owl and Indian Eagle owl you will understand the need for scientific classification of species.

The Indian Eagle Owl is yet another example of a farmer’s friend, consuming vast numbers of small mammals including vermin every year. John got to see his one and only wild Indian Eagle Owl at the Keoladeo Bird Reserve in Bharatpur.

It was surrounded by many other bird species who would have continually ‘mobbed’ it, but this owl sat so still that it took several heavy hints from his bird guide before he spotted its perfectly camouflaged body in a tree.

GALLERY

FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Bubo bengalensis

Status:

Least concern

Size:

Up to 433mm wingspan

Weight:

1000g to 2000g

Life Span in Wild:

20yrs

Habitat:

Light woodland to open arid areas

Diet:

Carnivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Small mammals up to the size of a rat, other small creatures and birds.

Where Do I Live?

Indian subcontinent.

How Do I Live?

Crepuscular

Do I have Any Predators?

Owls may be killed by man as they are often thought of as bad omens. The use of pesticides in agriculture is also to blame for owl deaths.

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