Verreaux’s Eagle Owl – A Most Distinguishing Characteristic

A Most Distinguishing Characteristic

I didn’t actually see why the guide had stopped our vehicle until he pointed up into the thick branches of the tree directly in front of us.  It was a Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, the largest on the African continent of the Order Strigidae.  It can attain a wingspan of over six feet, and often is considered to be third largest of all owls in the world.  It is the only owl that sports rosy hued eyelids — a most distinguishing characteristic.

~ Anecdote and Verreaux’s Eagle Owl capture, A Most Distinguishing Characteristic © Jerry L. Ferrara