Milky Eagle Owl (aka Verreaux’s Eagle Owl)
Africa’s largest owl and the female is larger than the male. This is an imposing bird with large ear tufts and conspicuous pink eyelids on a white facial disc. The female can weigh up to 3kg with the male lighter about 2kg.
They prefer large trees in open woodland adjacent to flood plans for nesting.
Known to hunt birds as large as herons or wade into water to fish!
Pink eyelids are thought to be for attracting partners.
Potentially a breeding pair Mazai (female) and Zimb (male) are yet to show much interest in each other. We will try to exchange one owl with another park if they do not lay eggs soon.