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.