: Chordata Class
: Aves Order: Strigiformes Family
: Strigidae Genus
: Bubo Species
: B. lacteus
Milky eagle owls are the largest African owl species.
Very large, uniform grey (gray) eared owl, with dark eyes and bare pink eyelids.
African Milky Eagle Owls prey on a variety of animals including birds, game birds, ducks, crows, nestling herons, hares, mongoose, guinea fowl and many other small game animals. They also eat hedgehogs, rats and pigeons. They also consume frogs, beetles and crickets.
Mainly breeds from March to September, nesting in old stick nests of other birds such as vultures, crows or Hammerkops. 2 eggs are laid, and are incubated for 38 days. It is normal for the second chick to disappear within the first 2 weeks.
The remaining chick leaves the nest at about 9 weeks and can fly well within a couple of weeks. It can be independent by 6 months of age although many chicks remain with the parents for up to 2 years.