Rocky and Bo
Bengal Eagle owls or Indian Eagle owls (Budo Bengalensis) Bo and Rocky are the same breed and are
in-fact brothers. They were both hatched in 2010 at The Sign of the Owl in Ugbrough Devon.
Rocky is quite a fiesty bird and was quiet nervous when we first had him, where as Bo is a much quieter bird. He unfortunately was born with a deformed wing, the vet has said that he is very a healthy bird and as long as Bo remains happy and healthy, then he's happy.
His perches are at different heights are as all the other owls and he manages the same as they do to fly and jump from perch to perch with ease.
Both Rocky and Bo will have a varied diet of Quail and chicks to keep them healthy
These type of owls can be found from the W. Himalayas East to W. Burma and through to Pakistan (not in Sir Lanka) in hilly and rocky scrub forests and will usually be seen in pairs. When they mate and nest they nest on bare soil and will return to the same site each year, they will lay around 3-4 eggs, that will hatch in about 33 days. There call is a loud booming call which can be heard at dawn and dusk.
These owls are known to be birds of ill omen, their deep haunting calls if delivered from atop a house are considered to forebode the death of an occupant. A number of rituals involving the capture and killing of these birds have been recorded. Salim Ali notes a wide range of superstitions related to them but notes two as being particularly widespread. One is that if the bird is starved for a few days and beaten, it would speak like a human, predicting the future of the tormentor or bringing them wealth while the other involves the killing of the bird to find a lucky bone that moved against the current like a snake when dropped into a stream. Belief in these superstitions has led to the persecution of the species in many areas by tribal hunters. The capture of these birds is illegal under Indian law but an underground market continues to drive poaching.