Q. With reference to “Spot-bellied eagle owl” consider the following statements:
1.They are found all over the Indian subcontinent.
2.It is a large species of owl.
3.It screams similar to humans.
4.It is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List.
Which of the statements given above are correct?

[A] 1, 2 and 3 only

[B] 2 and 3 only

[C] 2, 3 and 4 only

[D] 1, 3 and 4 only

Answer: A

Explanation –

Statement 1, 2 and 3 are correct. Spot-bellied eagle owl is the sixth longest owl in the world on average and has the ninth longest wings of any living owl. They are found throughout the Indian subcontinent and peninsular Southeast Asia. It makes a strange scream similar to humans and it is hence called the ‘ghost of the forest’ in India and ‘devil bird’ in Sri Lanka.

Statement 4 is incorrect. Their IUCN status is Least Concern.

Source: The Hindu