Bengal Eagle Owl - Bubo bengalensis - 'Snoopy' and 'Nadi'

Snoopy Bengal Eagle Owl

Snoopy has been at the Centre for many years, and has been an excellent flying display bird both inside and outside.  However, with such wealth of experience comes a little beligerance, naughtiness and 'I'll do what I like' attitude.  So Snoopy sometimes calls the shots, so he is on semi-retirement, usually used mainly in the Barn displays.  However, we all love him still, and he flies well to the fist ofo many visitors each year.

Nadi is our young Bengal Eagle Owl, hatched in April 2009, and now is one of our main birds for clients.  We try not to let him learn from Snoopy's bad tricks however.   Nadi flies brilliantly with our clients to the glove - and our visitors just love him - he is certainly one of the wow factors of the day.  'Nadi' means 'River' in Bengali!

These medium sized owls live in rocky ravines, throughout India, catching mainly small mammals, reptiles and birds, by long, low gliding flights, or post and pounce attack.  They prefer to nest on the ground in hidden scrapes, the young leaving the nest to 'branch out' from about 3 weeks of age.

They are typical Eagle Owls, with bright orange eyes, ear tufts, mottled sandy and brown striped plumage, and very soft feathering for silent flight.  Their legs and chest are well protected with a thick covering of feathers to protect them from potential bites from their prey, including poisonous snake bites!  Well adapted for their Indian habitat