Indian Eagle Owl
Sexes alike. Brown plumage, mottled and streaked dark and has light; prominent ear tufts; orange eyes; legs fully feathered. The Brown Fish Owl Ketupa
zeylonensis (56cm) is darker and has a white throat-patch and naked legs. Solitary or pairs; mostly nocturnal; spends day in leafy branch, rock ledge or an old well; flies slowly but considerable distances when disturbed; emerges to feed around sunset, advertising its arrival with its characteristic call.
ravines, cliffsides, riversides, scrub, open country.
rodents; also reptiles, frogs and mediumsized birds.
throughout area, up to about 1,500m in the Himalaya.
deep, booming bu…boo… call; snapping calls at nest.