Pharaoh Eagle Owl
Species name: Pharaoh Eagle Owl
Scientific name: Bubo ascalaphus
Locally known as: Buma
Description: The Pharaoh Eagle Owl is a nocturnal bird that nests on cliffs but also in old tree nests of ravens. It has orangey-yellow eyes, short ear tufts and cat-like face patterns.
IUCN status: Least Concern
Key threats: Hunting, habitat destruction and poisoning.
Where they’re found today: They are resident across north African and the Arabian Peninsula.
Abu Dhabi efforts: As part of EAD’s long-term bird monitoring program, Eagle Owls are also monitored.
- They are feared predators, feeding on cape hares, dhub lizards, hedgehogs, desert rodents and birds.
- Although nocturnal, they are often seen during the day sitting at the entrance to their nest
- They are silent hunters as their flight doesn’t make any sound, even if they are close to their prey due to slightly specialized wing feathers.
- They are monogamous- they pair up for life.