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Giant Eagle Owl

The distinguishing diagnostic features of the giant eagle owl (Bubo lacteus) - apart from it’s size - are the pink eyelids and boldly outlined face. The ear tufts are less conspicuous than those of other eagle owls.They are usually found in association with large trees along rivers and watercourses and are mostly active at night (nocturnal). They prey on small mammals up to the size of vervet monkeys and hares, reptiles, frogs, fish, arthropods and birds. Their call is a series of deep “hru-hru-hru” grunts. They are often mobbed by smaller birds during the day when they sit perched in large trees. They are mostly found singly but can occur in pairs or family groups of three birds. These giant beauties nest on the top of other large bird nests or in hollow trees.