African Spotted Eagle Owl

African Spotted Eagle Owls (Bubo africanus) are the most common species of owl in southern Africa. Like all members of the Eagle Owl family, they have prominent ‘ear tufts’ on the top of their head. These are actually just feathers: the ears are located on the side of their heads, one higher than the other, in order to enhance their hearing. Their eyes are like binoculars and are fixed in place, meaning that their long distance vision is much better than their short distance sight.

Habitat: They have a large range and can be found in most of sub-Saharan Africa, and parts of the Arabian Peninsula as well. They live in rocky desert outcrops, woodland and savannah.

Lifespan: Lifespan in captivity is 20 years, but only 10 years in the wild.

Diet: In the wild, they feed on small mammals, birds, reptiles, bats, amphibians and insects.

Behaviour: African Spotted Eagle Owls are nocturnal and are mainly active at night. They are monogamous, which means that they pair for life. The female can lay 2 -3 eggs, which she will incubate for a month.