5 Interesting Facts About Spotted Eagle Owls

Spotted Eagle Owl

This is a spotted eagle owl relaxing during the day

This is my 250th post, so I want to write about a really cool looking bird, the spotted eagle owl.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. They are one of the smallest of the eagle owls, only measuring about 45 cm long.  They have bright yellow eyes and tufts of feathers on their head that look like little horns.
  2. Like most other owls, they hunt at night, using their excellent eyesight to catch small mammals, birds, reptiles and large insects.
  3. Spotted eagle owls find a perch and look for their prey below, swooping down to catch it with their large talons and sharp beaks. They can also catch birds and insects in the air.  They usually eat their prey whole if it is small enough.
  4. They mate for life and build very simple nests on the ground with only rocks, grass or shrubs for cover.  The female incubates the 2-4 eggs and the male brings her food.
  5. Spotted eagle owls are quite common and can be found in a range of habitats throughout southern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about spotted eagle owls?

Similar species:

Burrowing Owl

One thought on “5 Interesting Facts About Spotted Eagle Owls

  1. We have a pair of spotted eagle owls that nest on the concrete platform our 6m high water tank stand. We live 29 km east of Lusaka city center, in Zambia. They usually hatch 3 chicks and are very aggressive from brooding till the chicks are fully fledged. So aggressive that we call them Scalper owls and wear protective head gear if we go outside between dusk and dawn.

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