Verreaux's Eagle-owl Bubo lacteus
(aka Giant Eagle-owl, Milky Eagle-owl)
Verreaux's Eagle-Owl, Lake Langano, Ethiopia, January 2016 - click for larger image

Lake Langano, Ethiopia
January 2016

Verreaux's Eagle-owl is fairly widespread in Africa south of the Sahara. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in wooded grassland and woodland.

It is a very large owl with a pale face edged in black and pink eye-lids. It is an opportunistic feeder and captures medium-sized mammals, birds up to the size of ducks and herons as well as reptiles, insects, etc..

Jean Baptiste Verreaux was one of two Parisian brothers who were dealers, collectors and taxidermists in the mid 19th century.

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