Indian Eagle Owl (Bubo bengalensis)

Indian Eagle Owl

Indian Eagle Owl

The Indian Eagle Owl (Bubo bengalensis) is a very large owl species occurring in India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Apart from their size, the birds can be easily identified by the long feather-tufts on their heads. They inhabit open rocky and hilly areas where they often perch atop cliffs. Generally, the birds live in pairs and feed mainly on rats, mice, birds, reptiles, and larger insects. Like with other owls, many rumors surround the Indian Eagle Owl. Superstitious people believe that they are birds of ill omen. It is said that once an owl calls from the roof of a house, one of its inhabitants will die. According to another legend, a starved and beaten owl will eventually speak in human tongues to predict the future of the tormentor or bring him wealth. Fortunately, the capture of these impressive birds is illegal in present India…

I have photographed the Indian Eagle Owl during a visit to Kachchh in western India during January 2015. As always, you may click on the photograph for a larger (and sharper) version!

Indian Eagle Owl

Indian Eagle Owl

Indian Eagle Owl

Indian Eagle Owl

Indian Eagle Owl

Indian Eagle Owl

Indian Eagle Owl

Indian Eagle Owl

 

 

6 responses to “Indian Eagle Owl (Bubo bengalensis)

    • yes – and with a size of almost 50 cm also quite impressive – I saw it only because it flew away from its resting place as we approached and settled again on the opposite side of the gorge…

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