Saddle Back Owl

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Saddle Back Owl - "Sebastian Romu" © 2019

About

Common Names
Saddle Back Owl
Classification
Bird
The Saddle Back Owl is named for its curious behaviour of actually carrying its young owlets about nestled between its wings. shortly after hatching the mother and one or two young will depart the nest and hunt together.

Description

Size
1-2 kilograms (3-4 pounds), metres (18-20 inches) height, (30-34 inches) wingspan
Appearance
People best describe these owls as grey with brown speckles, with white banding on the wings and lower back, a pair of feathered white brows, and a worried expression on their face.
Sexual Dimorphism
No obvious difference between the sexes.
Variance
No known sub-species

Ecology

Habitat
Sub-Tropical to Sub-Arctic forests.
Diet
Small mammals, birds, and lizards.

Behaviour

Social grouping
Solitary, Mated pair, or mother with one or two young.
Temperament
Wary.
Intelligence
Animal
Reproduction
After mating, females will nest in hollows of tall trees, hatching one or two young. These hatchlings spend a significant amount of their pre-flight lives nestled in the thick feathers on the backs of their mothers, tucked between her wings.

Sub-Species

No known sub-species.

Domestication

General
None. The brooding behaviour of the females makes them unsuitable for training as a hunting bird.
Resources
Meat, Eggs, Feathers

Stories

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