The Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl (Bobo lacteus) is sometimes called the Giant Owl. It is a large owl from eastern and southern Africa.
The Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl is pale grey or grey-brown with some white feathers. It has a dark circle around its face, called a facial disc. It has dark brown eyes with pink eyelids. It has ear tufts.
It can grow to 66 centimetres (26 inches) tall.
It is nocturnal, hunting for food at night. It eats snakes, lizards, toads, frogs, fish, and insects.
The Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl prefers woodlands, semi-deserts, and acacia groves.
It does not make its own nest. Instead, it takes a nest that an eagle, vulture, or other bird does not use any more. Females lay two eggs.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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