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Spot Bellied Eagle Owl

Context:

Recently, Spot Bellied Eagle Owl (Bubo Nipalensis) was spotted for the first time in Seshachalam forest, and for the third time in Andhra Pradesh.

Relevance:

GS III: Environment and Ecology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Spot-bellied Eagle Owl (also known as the Forest eagle-owl)
  2. IUCN and CITES Status

Spot-bellied Eagle Owl (also known as the Forest eagle-owl)

  • A large owl species typically found in wooded areas such as forests and rocky hillsides.
  • Known for their distinctive spots on their belly
  • Large, powerful and bold predatory birds
  • Known for its strange scream that resembles a human, called “Ghost of the Forest” in India.
  • Found in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
  • Known to prey on large birds and also on mammals such as golden jackals, hares, civets, and chevrotains.
IUCN and CITES Status:
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red list: “Least Concern”.
  • CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) : Appendix II.

-Source: The Hindu


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