UGANDA BIRD GUIDES
|Wouldn't you love to physically encounter Africa's largest and the World's third largest Owl, second to only the Blackiston's Fish Owl and the Eurasian Eagle Owl?|
You got me right...I wouldn't miss the earliest opportunity!
In this section of the Uganda Birding Safari Guide we share with you information about Verreaux's Eagle-Owls in Uganda in order to make your Bird watching tour to Africa even more rewarding.
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You will find Verreaux's Eagle-Owl in the tropical and in the sub-tropical regions of Africa.
The best place you will be able to see this bird in Uganda is at Semiliki National Park.
Verreaux's Eagle-Owls are nocturnal birds that you will find roosting in fall trees.
They sleep lightly and will awaken very quickly to defend themselves from attack during daylight hours.
You will find a huge owl about 66-77 cm in length, with a wingspan of upto 2 meters and weighing between 1.6 to 3 Kilograms.
The bird has a distinctive whitish oval disk-face with a black border,pink eyelids, orange eyes and two feather tufts on her ears.
Her feathers are dark brown on top and light grey below.
The Verreaux's Eagle-Owl hunts in the early hours of the evening. And when fully grown this Owl can feed on hares, mongoose and many other small game animals.
|Did you know? |
Verreaux's Eagle-Owls are among the very few birds that can eat the thorny hedgehog.
Near cities they prey on rats and pigeons.
The Verreaux's Eagle-Owls breed from March to September.
The female lays only two eggs and incubates them for 38 days.
The first egg to hatch is the first she will feed, and if food is not in plenty, then only she will only feed the first egg to hatch.
Its first come first serve and late commers always eat bones!