Size. The Pel’s fishing owl is ginger-brown in colour with black spots on both their wings and breast area. Pel's fishing owl feeds almost exclusively on fish, catching them in a similar style to the African fish eagle, ... the bird’s feathers do not need to be smoothly finished to reduce sound in flight, as they are in owls who hunt rodents and birds, for example. The feet are similar to that of the Osprey with a rough surface perfectly adapted to grip fish. Juvenile Pel’s Fishing Owl seen a few weeks ago. But not to worry there are only around 470 of them so it should not take to long! Fish owls of the genus Scotopelia live in the African rainforest and includes the Pel’s fishing-owl, the rufous fish owl, endemic to western African rainforest, and the vermiculated fish owl. As a result, they don’t have the usual concave facial disk which other owls use for detecting prey by sound. Once you have seen all of our 110 mammal species that we have in the Luangwa valley you can move on to the birds. Range mass: 2 to 2.3 kg. These Owls have very distinct feet which sets them apart from all other Owls. This night, I was awoken by the call. Range wingspan: About 150 cm. Range length: 55 to 63 cm. 743 likes. One of the most coveted of theses is the Pel's fishing owl and The Pel’s fishing owl detects prey by any ripples that are created when fish come to the surface. Unlike most owls, they hunt by sight rather than sound as their prey is underwater. One of the interesting snippets we got after changing over one of the camera traps recently is the soft vocalisation (turn up the sound!) When calling the Pel’s fishing owl can be heard up to 3 km away. of one bird. Given that its prey lives underwater the Pel’s fishing owl hunts by sight rather than sound, this means that they don’t have the concave facial disk that other owls use to hone in on the sound of their prey. 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