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The Spotted Eagle-owl (Bubo africanus) is a medium-sized species of owl, one of the smallest of the Eagle owls. Its height is forty-five cm (18 inch) and its weight is from 480 to 850g (1 to 1.8 pounds). It has a 33cm (13 in) wingspan. Its prey consists of small mammals, birds, insects, frogs, and reptiles. Spotted Eagle-owls mate for life.They are able to breed at around one year of age. They make their nest on the ground and have been known to nest on window ledges of buildings. Breeding begins in July continuing to the first weeks of February. The female lays two to four eggs and does the incubation, leaving the nest only to eat what the male has brought food. The incubation period lasts approximately 32 days.
Spotted Eagle-owl (Bubo africanus), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa
Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 400 mm, 1/500 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 400
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