Spot-bellied Eagle Owl Reported in PTR

  • 05 Jun 2024

In June, 2024, Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR), Maharashtra, reported the first photographic record of a spot-bellied eagle owl.

Key Points

  • Also known as the forest eagle-owl is a large bird of prey with a formidable appearance.
  • This species is considered part of a super species with the barred eagle-owl (Ketupa sumatrana), which looks quite similar but is allopatric in distribution.
  • It is distributed through the Lower Himalayas from Kumaon east to Burma, thence to central Laos and central Vietnam.
  • They are found throughout the Indian subcontinent and peninsular Southeast Asia, reaching the southernmost limits of their range in Sri Lanka and 12 degrees north in southern Thailand.
  • It is an apex predator, feeding on a variety of prey, including rodents, small mammals, reptiles, and insects.

Conservation Status

  • IUCN Status: Least Concern
  • Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972: Schedule IV
  • CITES: Appendix II