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Rock Eagle-Owl - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Indian Eagle-Owl

Photo by Jugal Tiwari
Banni grasslands Kutch, gujarat, India February, 2008
Bubo bengalensis


50–56 cm (19¾-22 in); a large eared owl

  • Orange eyes
  • Brown with black mottling on upperparts
  • Paler below with black streaks

Similar Species

Similar to Eurasian Eagle-Owl.


India, also W Myanmar.


This is a monotypic species[1], which is sometimes considered a subspecies of Eurasian Eagle-Owl Bubo bubo.


Rocky hills, wooded scrub, ravines, rocky semi-desert old mango orchards.



Their varied diet consists of small mammals, particularly rodents, but also birds, reptiles, frogs, crabs, fish and large invertebrates.


The nest is a scrape on a rock ledge, cliff or on the ground. The clutch consists of 2-5 eggs which are incubated for about 35 days.


Call: a deep, resonant, single-pitched double-noted hoot.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2015)
  3. The Website of Everything

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