Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Bengal Eagle Owl

Bubo bengalensis


The Indian Eagle-Owl also called the Rock Eagle Owl or Bengal Eagle Owl (Bubo bengalensis) is a species of large horned owl found in South Asia. They were earlier treated as a subspecies of the Eurasian Eagle Owl. They are found in hilly and rocky scrub forests, and are usually seen in pairs. They have a deep resonant booming call that may be heard at dawn and dusk. They are typically large owls, and have "tufts" on their heads. They are splashed with brown, and grey and have a white throat patch with black small stripes.


They are seen in scrub and light to medium forests but are especially seen near rocky places within the mainland of the Indian Subcontinent south of the Himalayas and below 5000 feet elevation. Humid evergreen forest and extremely arid areas are avoided. Bush covered rocky hillocks and ravines, and steep banks of rivers and streams are favourite haunts. It spends the day under the shelter of a bush or rocky projection, or in a large mango or similar thickly foliaged tree near villages.

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID


Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 8 years ago

Terrific spotting.. Loved this..:-)

windmustache 9 years ago

I love owl's face. Nice capture!

sttweets 9 years ago

@Ashish, and yes, I think your right; we can only guess. Nature has so much to be discovered.

sttweets 9 years ago

I don't mind the highjacking. So far the comments on the spottings are the only way to communicate and exchange information on the platform itself.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Tweet... everything on this Beautiful Planet is half truth(we never understand actual reality)

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Also highjacking sttweets beautiful spotting to express relief at Ashish being safe and seconding the suggestion for a forum.

sttweets 9 years ago

And yes, thank you for all kind comments!

sttweets 9 years ago

Great to see this conversation between two Noah addicts! The best way to get to know the people behind all those nature facts and amazing spottings.
On the other hand, this would plead for a forum (personal Noah page?) where we can discuss matters apart from an individual spottting.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Thanks Emma... :)
I am working away from populated area...(where most terrorist attacks took place)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Wow..very cute portrait... Some wind might be moved its feathers around right ear...

Sebastien 9 years ago

Looks very pensive and wise.

Nicholas4 9 years ago

Penetrating eyes! I wonder what it thinks of us taking pictures of it!!
Nice shot.

Atul 9 years ago

nicely captured

Tweact 9 years ago

Ah, I see! Still beautiful bird and great portrait.

sttweets 9 years ago

It wasn't really a zoo. I think a birdshow would describe it best.

Tweact 9 years ago

I guess you spotted this in a zoo, right?

Christiane 9 years ago

Beautiful Bird...

Spotted by

Lansingerland, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Spotted on Mar 8, 2009
Submitted on Jun 26, 2011

Spotted for Mission


Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors

Join the Project Noah Team Join Project Noah Team