Grand-duc de Verreaux avalant un serpent / Verreaux’s eagle-owl eating a snake at Pafuri, Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Bubo lacteus (Temminck, 1820) :
- Grand-duc de Verreaux ;
- Verreaux’s eagle-owl - Milky eagle owl - Giant eagle owl ;
- Búho lechoso - Búho de Verreaux…

Ordre : Strigiformes / Famille : Strigidés - Strigidae / Genre : Bubo /
Espèce : lacteus - Espèce monotypique / Longévité : 12 ans.

Le Grand-duc de Verreaux est un rapace imposant, la femelle peut peser jusqu'à 3,100 kg alors que le mâle ne pèsera qu'environ 2 kg.

Derek Keats  / (CC BY 2.0)


Brown Hawk-owl (Ninox scutulata)

Also known as the brown boobook, the brown hawk-owl is a species of boobook (Ninox spp.) which is a resident breeder in most of tropical south Asia, ranging from the Middle East to south China. Brown Hawk-owls typically inhabit well wooded country and forests. Like most owls, brown hawk-owls are nocturnal and feed on a range of small birds, mammals, lizards, frogs and insects. N. scutulata like other members of its genus earns the common name “boobook” due to its cools which are a soft, muscial oo-uk..oook-uk.


Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Strigiformes-Strigidae-Ninox-N. scutulata

Image: Michael Gillam

Tagging a fledged spotted owl!  There were two owlets, but we were only able to catch one.  The other refused to come within grabbing distance, despite constantly baiting it with a fake mouse on a string.  Owls behave a lot like cats. 

The capture mechanism was a modified fishing pole with a noose.  The snared owls get reeled in - interesting to witness!  

Deux Chevêche des terriers - Chouette des terriers.

Athene cunicularia (Molina, 1782) :
- Chevêche des terriers - Chouette des terriers ;
- Burrowing owl ;
- Mochuelo de madriguera ;
- Coruja-buraqueira… ;
- Civetta delle tane ;
- Kaninchenkauz ;
- Preeriapöllö ;
- Prärieuggla ;
- アナホリフクロウ ;
- 穴小鴞 ;
- Pójdźka ziemna - Sowa ziemna - Sówka ziemna ;
- Кроличий сыч -, или кроликовая сова - или пещерная сова ;

Ordre : Strigiformes / Famille : Strigidés - Strigidae / Genre : Athene / Espèce : cunicularia / Sous-espèces : + 22 ou 23 selon la source / Longévité : 8 ans.

Image gratuite sur Pixabay

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Pearl-spotted Owlet, Glaucidium perlatum, Bucklands Farm, Turk Mine, Matabeleland, Zimbabwe by Jeremy Smith
Via Flickr:
The pearl-spotted owlet is an owl that breeds in Africa south of the Sahara. This species is a part of the larger grouping of owls known as typical owls, Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. The other grouping is the barn owls, Tytonidae. Wikipedia