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United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Dylan Freeman is a falconer from Zimbabwe working for the Shaheen company. He holds on a glove a desert eagle-owl. The bird is eating small yellow chicks. There are two recognised subspecies of the Pharaoh eagle-owl, the Pharaoh eagle-owl (B. a. ascalaphus) and the desert eagle-owl (B. a. desertorum), the latter being smaller and paler with sandier. At 46–50 centimetres long, the Pharaoh eagle-owl is one of the smaller eagle-owl species. It is an attractive bird of prey, with striking, large orange-yellow eyes and mottled plumage. The head and upperparts are tawny and densely marked with black and creamy-white streaks and blotches, while the underparts are pale creamy-white, with black streaks on the upper breast and fine reddish-brown vermiculations on the lower breast and belly. The face has the disc-like form typical of most owls, defined by a dark rim, the robust bill is black and hooked, and the head is crowned with small ear tufts. colouration. The Pharaoh eagle-owl is nocturnal and emerges at dusk to hunt over an area of about 5 km2. t will feed on any small creatures it can find. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country in Western Asia at the northeast end of the Arabian Peninsula. 17.02.2020  © 2020 Didier Ruef