The length of this bird ranges from 50cm to 56cm with a wingspan of 37cm to 43cm. Females of this species are larger than the males.
Habitat and Distribution
These owls can be found on hills living in rocky scrub forest throughout their range which covers the Southern tip of Asia.
This owl has been recorded living to ages of up to 20 years.
The main diet of this bird is made up of rodents and other small mammals, however they will occasionally also eat birds.
Groups and Breeding
These owls can often be seen living in pairs even outside of their natural breeding season which in its range is generally from February to April. After mating the females will lay 2 to 4 eggs which take approximately 35 days to hatch.
Due to this birds size and aggressive nature when protecting itself, its young or its nest make them very unlikely victims from predators. Their main threat comes from habitat destruction through its range when people are destroying the woodland and grassland surrounding their rocky nest site for development, which is making food more difficult to find for these birds in some parts of its range.
Due to their preference of rocky outcrops as its habitat this bird is also sometimes called the Rock Eagle Owl.