Bengal Eagle Owl

Bengal Eagle owl at Wingham Wildlife Park

Bengal Eagle Owl Natural History

Size

The length of this owl 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.

Age

This owl has been recorded living to ages of up to 20 years.

Diet

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.

Threats

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.

Interesting facts

Due to their preference of rocky outcrops as its habitat this bird is also sometimes called the Rock Eagle Owl.

The Owls During Your Day Out in Kent

At Wingham Wildlife Park we currently house 2 bengal eagle owls which can be found in the bird of prey area, near the ever popular Pickle, the gibbon.  Even though we only have 2 females they do lay a number of eggs each year which they attempt to incubate on the floor in a scraped out nest – for their peace of mind we allow them to incubate the eggs until they are aware that they are not fertile, and then remove them once they abandon the eggs themselves.  They are both fairly old birds, remaining from the days of the old Wingham Bird Park.