Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – Owls

Spotted Eagle owl

The spotted eagle-owl is a medium-sized species of owl, one of the smallest of the eagle owls. Its length is 45 centimetres and its weight is from 454 to 907 grams. It has a 100 to 140 centimetres wingspan. The facial disk is off white to pale ochre and the eyes are yellow.

 Bubo africanus; also known as the African spotted eagleowl and the African eagleowl
Gevlekte ooruil (Afr.); ifubesi, isihulu-hulu (Xhosa); isiKhovampondo (Zulu); 
makhohlo, morubisi, sehihi, sephooko (SouthSotho); sikhova (Swazi); xiyinha (Tsonga); 
makgotlwêmophoêmorubise (Tswana).

The Spotted Eagle-Owl is the most common owl in southern Africa and is often spotted in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. This nocturnal bird of prey lives and breeds in a variety of habitats, including alongside people in their cities and towns.

Photos taken by Jenny Cole