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Spot Bellied Eagle Owl

Spot Bellied Eagle Owl:

Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR), Maharashtra, recently reported the first photographic record of a spot-bellied eagle owl.

  • Spot Bellied Eagle Owl is also known as the forest eagle-owl, is a large bird of prey with a formidable appearance.
  • Scientific Name: Ketupa nipalensis
  • It can be found in a variety of habitats, including tropical and subtropical forests, woodlands and savannas.
  • It is commonly found in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and parts of Southeast Asia.
  • It is a large species of owl. It measures about 50 to 65 cm in length and weighs 1500 to 1700 grams.
  • Its wingspan can reach up to 1.7 meters.
  • The most distinguishing feature is its striking colouration.
  • The upperparts of its body are a rich chocolate brown, speckled with white spots.
  • The feathers on its wings and tail are barred with alternating shades of brown and white, creating a stunning pattern that helps it blend in with its surroundings.
  • The underside of the owl is where it gets its name; its belly and breast are a light cream colour, covered in bold black spots.
  • It is primarily nocturnal.
  • It is an apex predator, feeding on a variety of prey, including rodents, small mammals, reptiles, and insects.
  • It is a solitary bird that is territorial and maintains a home range.
  • Conservation Status:
    • IUCN Status: Least Concern
    • Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972: Schedule IV
    • CITES: Appendix II.