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:
- 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.
- Regardless of their relatively large size, their flight is silent due to their soft feathers.