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Spotted Eagle Owl (bubo africanus)

Spotted eagle owl (bubo africanus) is a medium sized species of owl, one of the smallest of the eagle owls. It's height is forty-five cm (18ins) and it's weight is from 480 to 850g (1 to 1.8 pounts) It has a 33cm (13in) wingspan. Spotted eagle owls inhabit most of Africa south of the Sahara desert away from dense forests. They are nocturnal hunters, spending the day concealed in trees, rock ledges or abandoned burrows. They mate for life and are able to breed from one year. Breeding begins in July continuing to the first weeks of February.

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Taken on April 23, 2009