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Cape eagle own

Cape eagle own

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Scientific Name:

Bubo capensis


East and South Africa


Feeds on mammals from small rodents and shrews up to the size of hares. Also feeds on birds, reptiles, frogs, scorpions, crabs and larger insects.


Habitat: Mountainous regions and hilly country with rocky areas, rocky gorges and adjacent wooded gullies.

Incubation:  Usually 2 eggs (1-3), incubated for 34-38 days.

Social structure: Solitary or in pairs.

Weight:  900 – 1800 grams

Dimensions:  46-58 cm length,  tail 175-241 mm, wingspan 120 cm.

Lifespan:  15-20 years

Estimated population in the wild:  Unknown. Rare in some parts, very common in others.

Threats: No evidence of significant threats.

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Did you know that:

  1. Owlets leave the nest 2-4 weeks before they can fly.  They roam in the vicinity of their nest and climb extremely well, using their beaks, talons and wings as aids.
  2. Regardless of their relatively large size, their flight is silent due to their soft feathers.  

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