Spot-bellied Eagle-owl (Bubo nipalensis) - Wiki
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[Photo] Spot-bellied Eagle Owl from the Biligirirangan Hills. Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Spotbellied+JungleOwl+BRTWLS.jpg Date 29 August 2006. Author Dinesh Kannambadi
The Spot-bellied Eagle-owl, also known as the Forest Eagle-owl, Bubo nipalensis is a large bird of prey with a formidable appearance. It is a forest-inhabiting species found in southern and south-eastern Asia. This, like its relative the Barred Eagle-owl, is one of the species that would have to be moved into Ketupa if that genus is to be retained, according to mtDNA cytochrome b sequence data (Olsen et al. 2002).
The Spot-bellied Eagle-owl is nocturnal and spends the day hidden among foliage of a large forest tree. At dusk it becomes active and hunts small mammals, reptiles, and birds up to the size of junglefowl.
Noted for its strange, human-sounding call, it is known locally as ulama or "Devil Bird" in Sri Lanka. Another local name is Maha Bakamuna ("large horned owl").
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