Savannah | African Spotted Eagle Owl

Savannah is our newest addition to the East Sussex Falconry team. He is an African Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus) and he joined us in July 2012 at just two weeks old.

When fully grown, he will stand around 18 inches tall with a wingspan of up to 1.4 metres. Within one week of having Savanna he was finding his feet and starting to flap his wings. He weighed 12oz, which is more than Bracken, our fully grown Barn Owl.

In the wild its prey consists of small mammals, birds, insects, frogs, and reptiles. It often swallows quite large prey whole, with much head-jerking, and if the object is really challenging, pausing and resting with the mouth full. Prey too large for such treatment it will tear in the normal raptorial fashion, and it also tears shreds off prey to feed nestlings. The male will hunt and bring food when the female cannot leave the nest. Sometimes, even in conditions verging on starvation, he will tear the head off a mouse, but bring the body for the female to feed to the young, or to eat herself if the eggs have not yet hatched.

Check back for regular updates on Savanna’s progress over the coming weeks, and he is expected to be flying in September 2012.