Spotted Eagle Owl by Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen


The eagle owls of the genus Bubo comprise a highly successful group of large predatory birds, with

representatives nearly everywhere except Antarctica and the Australasian region. The group includes

the arctic Snowy Owl (B. scandiacus), the huge Eurasian Eagle Owl (B. bubo) and the widespread and

well-known American Great Horned Owl (B. virginianus). Through most of sub-Saharan Africa the

Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus) thrives in most habitats except extreme desert and thick tropical

rainforest. It is slightly smaller than its American cousin, and less likely to take large prey, usually

preferring a diet of rodents, lizards and large insects. In the background a small party of Spotted

Hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) scouts the savanna.

Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen