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Shelley's Eagle-Owl

Bubo shelleyi

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Very large, dark rainforest owl. Note the dark brown upperparts, heavily barred underparts, and dark eyes. Rare and local in lowland rainforest, including forest edge. The call is a single long, descending whistle: “hrroooooouw,” repeated after long pauses. Shelley’s Eagle-Owl is much larger than other rainforest eagle-owls. Overall coloration most similar to Akun Eagle-Owl, but Shelley’s has dark rather than yellow eyes. Similar in size to Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, but darker and heavily barred below. 

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