Friday, 5 Mar 2021
A citizen found an eagle-owl in Ghubra and handed it over to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA). The ministry thanked the citizen for his responsible action towards conservation of biodiversity and his support to protect the sultanate’s wildlife.

Citizen finds eagle-owl in Ghubra

The eagle-owl is very easily recognised by its large size and wingspan. They are light grey in colour, finely bared blackish above and beneath but no heavy blotching. The face is pale, boldly outlined in black, eyes appear black at a distance and they have distinctive pink eyelids, which tends to make them extremely identifiable.

The eagle-owl is a pale sand colour underneath with streaks of dark brown or grey. With a greyish head, big effective beak, big orange or yellow eyes, it also has two ear tufts extending from more than the eyes. They have large effective feet and talons.

The breeding season of eagle-owls is among the months of March and September. Two eggs are typically laid and each parents incubate for up to 39 days. They are typically discovered alone or in pairs. They will be discovered living on tree lining drainage lines and watercourses. They hardly ever hunt in the course of the day and roost on bigger trees, preferably in the shade.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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