Spot Bellied Eagle Owl was recently spotted in Seshachalam forest of Andhra Pradesh for the first time.

 

About ‘Spot Bellied Eagle Owl’

  • Scientific name — Bubo nipalensis
  • Spot Bellied Eagle Owl is also known as the forest eagle-owl.
  • They are large, very powerful and bold predatory birds.
  • It measures about 50 to 65 cm in length and weighs 1500 to 1700 grams.
  • Distribution —
    • It is a forest-inhabiting species found in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
    • These species occur in altitudes from 300 to 3000 meters.
  • Conservation —
    • IUCN Status: Least Concern
    • Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972: Schedule IV
    • CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora): Appendix II.

 

About the Seshachalam Hills

  • The Seshachalam Hills are a part of the Eastern Ghats in Andhra Pradesh.
  • They are a group of seven hills namely, Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrishabhadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri.
  • The ranges were formed during the Precambrian era (3.8 billion to 540 million years ago)
  • The Seshachalam hills consist of sandstone and shale along with limestone.
  • Tirupati which is considered as one of the major Hindu pilgrimage towns in India is located in the hills.
  • The Srivenkateshwara National Park is also located in this mountain range.
  • Seshachalam was designated as a Biosphere Reserve in the year 2010
  • It has large reserves of red sandalwood.