Pel’s Fishing-owl

The Pel’s Fishing-owl (Scotopelia peli) is a large species of owl in the Strigidae family. It is found throughout Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The diet of the Pel’s Fishing-owl consists of fish snatched from the surface of lakes and rivers. It is a nocturnal bird and feeds mainly at night. It prefers slow moving rivers with large overhanging trees to roost and forage from. It nests in hollowed out trees and in the forks of larger trees. The female lays two eggs in a nest, but only one chick is raised.

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