SPOTTED EAGLE-OWL

Bubo africanus

A: Gevlekte Ooruil

 

Probably the most common, and widespread Owl throughout the subregion. They are distinguished from the similar Cape Eagl-Owl by having finely barred underparts, yellow eyes (although a small number do show orange), and by chiefly being grey in colour (although there are a few rufous forms out there). They are also often present near human settlements, whereas Cape is only in the direct vicinity of rocky outcrops, where they can hide away and breed.