Citizen finds eagle-owl in Ghubra

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A citizen found an eagle-owl in Ghubra and handed it over to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA). The ministry thanked the citizen for his responsible action towards conservation of biodiversity and his support to protect the sultanate’s wildlife. 

The eagle-owl is easily recognised by its huge size and wingspan. They are light grey in colour, finely bared blackish above and below but no heavy blotching. The face is pale, boldly outlined in black, eyes look black at a distance and they have distinctive pink eyelids, which makes them very identifiable.

The eagle-owl is a pale sand colour underneath with streaks of dark brown or grey. With a greyish head, large powerful beak, large orange or yellow eyes, it also has two ear tufts extending from over the eyes. They have huge powerful feet and talons.

The breeding season of eagle-owls is between the months of March and September. Two eggs are usually laid and both parents incubate for up to 39 days. They are usually found alone or in pairs. They will be found living on tree lining drainage lines and watercourses. They rarely hunt during the day and roost on larger trees, preferably in the shade.

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