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  • 19 January, 2023

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Spot Bellied Eagle Owl

Spot Bellied Eagle Owl

  • The "Spot Bellied Eagle Owl" (Bubo Nipalensis) was recently spotted by a wildlife team for the first time in the Seshachalam forest and for the third time in Andhra Pradesh.

Regarding the Spot-Bellied Eagle Owl:

  • Its general appearance is a stark, grayish-brown with gritty, dark brown coloring on the back and upper wings. The woodland eagle-owl is another name for this huge raptor.
  • It is a very aggressive and powerful predatory owl.
  • The bird is known as the "Devil Bird" and the "Ghost of the Forest" in India because it emits an odd scream that sounds like a human.


  • The majority of them are found in deep, evergreen forests or moist deciduous woods.
  • They can be found all over the Indian subcontinent and the peninsula of Southeast Asia.
  • It is distributed through the Lower Himalayas from Kumaon east to Myanmar, central Laos, and central Vietnam.
  • IUCN status for conservation is the Least Concern.
  • Status of CITES: Appendix II
  • They are known to prey on large birds and also on mammals like golden jackals, hares, civets, and chevrotains.

About Seshachalam Hills:

  • The Seshachalam Hills are a mountain range in southern Andhra Pradesh state, southeast India, and the Eastern Ghats.
  • They are bordered on the west and northwest by the Rayalaseema uplands and on the northeast by the Kunderu River-formed Nandyal Valley.
  • These hills are composed of limestone interbedded with sandstone, shale, and other minerals.
  • Anjanadri, Garudadri, Narayanadri, Neeladri, Seshadri, Venkatadri, and Vrishabhadri are the seven peaks that make up the hills.
  • The important Hindu pilgrimage town of Tirupati is situated among the highlands.

Source: The Hindu

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