A white-faced Indian Eagle
Owl, a colour variation
(morph) of a normal
Indian Eagle Owl.
The Raptor Foundation
Until recently, the Indian Eagle Owl was listed as a subspecies of Eurasian Eagle Owl (subspecies : Bubo bubo bengalensis). It is significantly smaller & its vocalisations & DNA are distinct, so it is now classified as a separate species.
The Indian Eagle Owl is found throughout the Indian subcontinent, as far north as the Himalayas. It is found in rocky hills & ravines, wooded scrubland & old mango orchards. Although not classified as a threatened species, it is not common anywhere in its natural habitat.
The Indian Eagle Owl feeds mainly on rodents, but wll also eat birds, reptiles, frogs, crabs & large invertebrates. Occassionally hunting during the day, it is mainly a crepuscular bird, hunting at dusk or dawn.
Breeding takes place mainly between February & April, but may extend between October & May. Nesting is usually on the ground, often in a scrape on a rocky ledge. 2-5 eggs are laid & incubation lasts for around 35 days.
Least Concern (LC)