Peruvian Striped Owl - Asio clamator clamator - Inca
Inca is a pretty little owl, a species closely related to our British long-eared and short-eared owls, and like them the prominent feather tufts on the top of the head have nothing to do with the ears.
He has a very strong personality, with large talons for the size of the bird, and flies fast and often low over the ground with long outstretched wings.
The Peruvian Striped Owl is generally found in thin tropical forests, in fields and marshes, but avoiding dense forest. It will hunt over clearings, farmland,and forest edges. It has a range of habitats that stretches from sea level to 1500m in elevation.
The Striped Owl is strictly nocturnal (active mostly at night) although like its cousin, the Short-eared Owl, it is often seen at dusk coursing low over the ground hunting, and feeds mainly on small vertebrates and mammals such as small rodents and snakes. Also feeds on arthropods, birds, reptiles and large insects. In the day it roosts on the ground or in a low thicket.
Nesting season begins in August and extends through March. The Striped Owl, like the Short-eared owl, generally nests on the ground on a flattened grassy clump at no great height. Occasionally nests in a tree. It commonly lays three (2-4) eggs but usually only one chick will fledge.
Out of the breeding season, similar to the closely related Long eared owl, these owls may congregate in small groups on a branch together.
All our owls are with us at Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre to help us all appreciate the amazing relationship between mankind and our natural environment and to enable us to understand their unique personalities and hunting styles..... a reflection of our own lives perhaps. A life without the natural world is no life at all. We enjoy sharing our Friends at our Centre, to encourage all our visitors to rediscover their connection with nature and a healthy environment - without which mankind is unable to survive.