Thursday, May 31, 2012

Indian Eagle-Owl

During one of our trips to Kabini, we decided to take a small diversion to look for the Indian Eagle-Owl (formerly known as the Rock Eagle-Owl).

Indian Eagle-Owl, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka
Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 600mm F4 L IS USM

The Indian Eagle-Owl, Bubo bengalensis, is considered a sub-species of the Eurasian Eagle-Owl Bubo bubo. They are found in hilly and rocky scrub forests and often among abandoned stone quarries. Their diet mainly consists of rodents and other small mammals. During winters they tend to prey on other smaller birds.
They breed during the months of November to April, often using the same nest year after year. They lay 3-4 eggs, which hatch after about 30 days. The chicks are dependent on their parent for close to six months. 
The main threat to this species is due to various superstitions among villagers, which often lead to them being captured and killed.

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