Monday, 26 September 2011

Indian Eagle-Owl or Rock Eagle Owl

Indian Eagle-Owl also called the Rock Eagle Owl or Bengal Eagle Owl (Bubo bengalensis)

The Indian Eagle-Owl is also called the Rock Eagle Owl or Bengal Eagle Owl (Bubo bengalensis). It is a species of large horned owls.

Indian Eagle-Owl also called the Rock Eagle Owl or Bengal Eagle Owl (Bubo bengalensis)

It is a large bird with conspicuous horn-like tufts over large orangish eyes. The head and neck are a twany-buff and heavily streaked with dark brown.

Indian Eagle-Owl also called the Rock Eagle Owl or Bengal Eagle Owl (Bubo bengalensis)

It has a white facial disc, edged with a blackish brown.

Indian Eagle-Owl also called the Rock Eagle Owl or Bengal Eagle Owl (Bubo bengalensis)

The bird is usually seen sitting motionless among rocks or ravines by the daytime.

Indian Eagle-Owl also called the Rock Eagle Owl or Bengal Eagle Owl (Bubo bengalensis)

It is the commonest of the larger owls of India, and lives in hollows in rocky cliffs, ruined buildings, ravines etc, but often take refuge in trees.

Indian Eagle-Owl also called the Rock Eagle Owl or Bengal Eagle Owl (Bubo bengalensis)

They feed on frogs, lizards, snakes, mammals birds and insects.

Indian Eagle-Owl also called the Rock Eagle Owl or Bengal Eagle Owl (Bubo bengalensis)

The breeding season is from December-May. No nest is made and eggs are laid in a hollow scraped in the soil, generally on a cliff or bank face.

  Sighting Information:
Location: Sivanahalli, Bannerghatta
Date: 18th Sept, 2011
Time: Morning; 9:40 AM
Weather: Sunny morning
Other Details: Spotted sitting in a tree. Flew away and sat on another tree for a while where it was not too concerned with us as long as we kept our distance.