Spot-bellied Eagle Owl
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Why in news?
- A wildlife team has stumbled upon a Spot-bellied Eagle Owl for the first time in the Seshachalam forest, Andhra Pradesh.
About Spot-bellied Eagle Owl:
- The Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl also known as the forest eagle-owl is a large bird of prey with a formidable appearance.
- IUCN Status: Least Concern
- It is a forest-inhabiting species found across the Indian Subcontinent.
- The bird is found on large trees in thick forests. It feeds on small rodents and lizards.
- The bird makes a strange scream similar to humans and it is hence called the ‘ghost of the forest’ in India and ‘devil bird’ in Sri Lanka.
With reference to ‘Spot-bellied Eagle Owl’, consider the following statements:
1. It is exclusively found in Himalayas
2. It feeds on small rodents and lizards.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2