Verreaux’s Eagle Owl

Bubo lacteus

Also known as the “milky eagle owl”, the verreaux’s eagle owl is the largest owl our region has to offer and is unique not only because of its size but also for its full of character, pink eyelids, wavy, grey plumage and short ear tufts. It is described by Sasol Birds of Southern Africa as being an “uncommon to locally common resident in broadleafed woodland, savanna, thornveld and riverine forest; also desert riverbeds with large trees”.

Our best sighting of this species took place in October 2014 while on a game drive in Borakalalo National Park in the North West Province. How Skye spotted the owl in the tree canopy I still don’t know.


Verreaux Eagle Owl / Borakalalo National Park, South Africa / 24 October 2014 Verreaux Eagle Owl / Borakalalo National Park, South Africa / 24 October 2014 Verreaux Eagle Owl / Borakalalo National Park, South Africa / 24 October 2014 Verreaux Eagle Owl / Daan Viloen Game Reserve, Central Namibia Verreaux Eagle Owl / Borakalalo National Park, South Africa / 24 October 2014 Verreaux Eagle Owl / Lake Nakuru, Kenya
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