Dandelion & Burdock

Spotted eagle-owls are the most common species of owl found in Southern Africa. They have a healthy population in most parts of the country. They are often referred to as urban owls and will live in close proximity to human habitation

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The spotted eagle-owl is a medium-sized species of owl, one of the smallest of the eagle owls. Its length is 45 centimetres (18 in) and its weight is from 454 to 907 grams (1.0 to 2.0 lb). It has a 100 to 140 centimetres (39 to 55 in) wingspan. The facial disk is off white to pale ochre and the eyes are yellow. It has prominent ear tufts, and the upper body is dusky brown, the lower parts off-white with brown bars. Prior to 1999 the spotted eagle-owl was considered conspecific with the greyish eagle-owl, but now it is classed as a separate species.

Its prey mainly consists of rodents, small mammals, birds, insects and reptiles. It often swallows its prey whole,

Spotted eagle-owls are generally solitary birds. During the day they roost in trees, rock crevices, caves, under bushes, or sometimes even in abandoned burrows. Pairs may sometimes roost together, engaging in mutual preening.

Dandelion and burdock came to us in July 2020 our new falconer had taken them in as rescues a few months before. dandelion is 13 years old we are not sure on burdocks age.  

When they first come in both of them had a bad perception of human’s witch made them very defensive. with a lot of work time and patience burdock is now happy to sit with us and enjoys human interaction you may have seen him out at some of our displays. Sadly, dandelion has not taken to humans at all but you can often see both of them snuggled up in their aviary where dandelion takes comfort in burdocks company.  

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