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  • Portuguese
    • Bufo-real-mourisco
    • Bufo-mourisco
  • Scientific Names
    • Bubo ascalaphus
  • English
    • Pharaoh Eagle-Owl
  • French
    • Grand-duc du désert
    • Grand-duc ascalaphe
  • Hebrew
    • אוח מדברי

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Pharaoh Eagle-Owl Bubo ascalaphus




May 1, 2016




We first spotted a juvenile who briefly flew from rock to rock and finally disappeared (second pic). It always remained distant and partially hidden when on the ground.

So we searched for the adults and found one in plain sight, which could be better approached and did not show any sign of reaction to our presence.

Time about 3.30 pm, temperature ca 30°C.

Special guest: Franck Chevalier.


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Description from Wikipedia

The Pharaoh Eagle-Owl (Bubo ascalaphus) is a species of owl in the Strigidae family. It is found in Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates. At 46–50 cm long, the Pharaoh Eagle-Owl is one of the smaller eagle-owl species. It is an attractive bird of prey with striking, large orange-yellow eyes and mottled plumage. The head and upperparts are tawny and...

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Conservation Summary

    Source: BirdLife International (2011) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 31/07/2011.
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