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Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Cape Town
South Africa


Make Canon EOS 7D
Lens Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM   at 288 mm
Exposure 1/100 s, f/5, ISO 3200
Image size 800 x 534 pixels

IOC Names

Order  Strigiformes   Family  Strigidae

Deutsch  Fleckenuhu Dutch  Afrikaanse Oehoe
Italian  Gufo reale macchiato Spanish  Bho Africano


The Spotted Eagle-Owl is representative of the 19 species of the gender Bubo, which ranges almost throughout the world. Whereas Barn Owls feed nearly only on rats and mice, Eagle-Owls are much less specialized, preying on small mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, often swallowed whole. The male feeds the female when it cannot leave the nest and they mate for life. Adult pairs defend their hunting territory very aggressively. They are often harassed by local birds, notably the Grey Go-away-bird.


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Spotted Eagle-Owl
Bubo africanus
Grand-duc africain

Jean-Michel PAULUS