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Desert owl

The desert eagle owl, or the pharaoh eagle owl, is a species of birds of the genus owls of the owl family that lives in North Africa and the Middle East. The scientific name ascalaphus was given by the name of one of the demons of Greek mythology, Askalaf.

1. Description

An adult eagle owl of the pharaohs is a bird 46 - 50 cm in size and weighing 1900 - 2300 g. The general color of plumage varies from pale red to sandy, with black spots. The front disc is framed by a narrow dark rim. The beak is black. Has small feathery "ears" and yellowish-orange eyes. The range includes most of Northwest Africa, the Sahara Desert and the Arabian Peninsula. There are two known subspecies inhabiting the northern and southern parts of the range, respectively:

  • Bubo ascalaphus desertorum is smaller and paler in color.
  • Bubo ascalaphus

2. Lifestyle

The desert owl prefers stony deserts and semi-deserts, mountain slopes, gorges and rocks. It hunts at night and at dusk for small mammals, reptiles and birds, also eats beetles and scorpions. As a rule, they form monogamous couples for life. The female lays two to four eggs in February - March. The incubation period is 31 to 36 days. Chicks leave the nest at the age of 20 to 35 days, but remain in the family group for about 20 to 26 weeks. In the second year of life, they become capable of reproduction.

Usage Information

Photo "Young male eagle owl (bubo ascalaphus) during falconry show in Dubai, UAE." can be used for personal and commercial purposes according to the conditions of the purchased Royalty-free license. The image is available for download in high resolution quality up to 6720x4480.

  • The country: United Arab Emirates
  • Location: Outside
  • Image orientation: Horizontal
  • Season: Summer
  • Times of Day: Day
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